Aramaic Incantation Bowls in Museum Collections

Volume One: The Frau Professor Hilprecht Collection of Babylonian Antiquities, Jena

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The Frau Professor Hilprecht Collection of Babylonian Antiquities at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena houses one of the major European collections of incantation bowls. Forty bowls bear texts written in the Jewish, Manichaean Syriac or Mandaic scripts, and most of the rest (some twenty-five objects) in the Pahlavi script or in various pseudoscripts. The present volume comprises new editions of the Aramaic (and Hebrew) bowl texts based on high-resolution photographs taken by the authors, together with brief descriptions and photographs of the remaining material. New readings are often supported with close-up photographs. The volume is intended to serve as a basis for further study of magic in late Antiquity and of the Late Eastern Aramaic dialects in which the texts were composed.

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Biographical Note

James Nathan Ford, Ph.D. (2003) in Ugaritic magic, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is Associate Professor in Semitic Languages at Bar-Ilan University. His research interests include Semitic philology and ancient Near Eastern and Jewish magic.

Matthew Morgenstern, Ph.D. (2002) in Babylonian Aramaic, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is Professor in Hebrew and Semitic Languages at Tel Aviv University. His research interests include Eastern Aramaic grammar and lexicography and the Hebrew and Aramaic of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Table of contents

Contents
Preface
Concordance of text Editions (MRLA 8 and TMHC 7)
Photographs
Abbreviations
Sigla

Introduction

I. JBA and Hebrew Bowls
 1 HS 3001
 2 HS 3003
 3 HS 3005
 4 HS 3006
 5 HS 3007
 6 HS 3008
 7 HS 3009
 8 HS 3010
 9 HS 3012
 10 HS 3015
 11 HS 3016
 12 HS 3019
 13 HS 3022
 14 HS 3023
 15 HS 3026
 16 HS 3027
 17 HS 3030
 18 HS 3032
 19 HS 3033
 20 HS 3034
 21 HS 3035
 22 HS 3041 + HS 3070x
 23 HS 3042
 24 HS 3043
 25 HS 3046 + HS 3069
 26 HS 3047
 27 HS 3051
 28 HS 3052
 29 HS 3058
 30 HS 3064

II. Syriac Bowls
 31 HS 3018
 32 HS 3039
 33 HS 3053
 34 HS 3056
 35 HS 3062
 36 HS 3066

III. Mandaic Bowls
 37 HS 3011
 38 HS 3021
 39 HS 3025
 40 HS 3054

IV. Unidentified Fragments, Non-Aramaic, Pseudoscript and Uninscribed Objects
 41 HS 3002
 42 HS 3004
 43 HS 3013
 44 HS 3014
 45 HS 3017
 46 HS 3020
 47 HS 3024
 48 HS 3028
 49 HS 3029
 50 HS 3031
 51 HS 3036
 52 HS 3037
 53 HS 3038
 54 HS 3040
 55 HS 3044
 56 HS 3045
 57 HS 3048
 58 HS 3049
 59 HS 3050
 60 HS 3055
 61 HS 3057
 62 HS 3059
 63 HS 3060
 64 HS 3061
 65 HS 3063
 66 HS 3065
 67 HS 3067
 68 HS 3068
 69 HS 3070
Bibliography
Glossary
List of Divine Names, Names of Angels, Demons and Exemplary Figures, and Nomina Barbara
List of Clients and Adversaries
List of Biblical Quotations
List of Texts
Index

Readership

All those interested in Aramaic or Babylonian Hebrew, as well as those interested in the magic and religion of the Near East in late antiquity, or in Jewish magic in general.

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