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In: Abraham Ibn Ezra on Nativities and Continuous Horoscopy
A Parallel Hebrew-English Critical Edition of the Book of Nativities and the Book of Revolution. Abraham Ibn Ezra’s Astrological Writings, Volume 4
Author: Shlomo Sela
The present volume offers the first critical edition, accompanied with English translation and commentary, of Sefer ha-Moladot, which addresses the doctrine of nativities and the system of continuous horoscopy in nativities, and of Sefer ha-Tequfah, which is devoted exclusively to continuous horoscopy in nativities. The doctrine of nativities makes predictions about the whole of an individual’s subsequent life on the basis of the natal chart, and the system of continuous horoscopy in nativities is concerned with the interval between life and death and makes predictions based mainly on anniversary horoscopes, which are juxtaposed with the natal horoscope. To Abraham Ibn Ezra’s mind, not only are these two doctrines the core of astrology; they also epitomize the praxis of the astrological métier.

“Sela...has provided explanatory appendices and very interesting notes about Jewish attitudes toward the sciences and astrology in the middle ages.” Reference & Research Book News, 2013.
The corpus of Aramaic incantation bowls from Sasanian Mesopotamia is perhaps the most important source we have for studying the everyday beliefs and practices of the Jewish, Christian, Mandaean, Manichaean, Zoroastrian and Pagan communities on the eve of the Islamic conquests. The bowls are from the Schøyen Collection, which has some 650 texts in different varieties of Aramaic: Jewish Aramaic, Mandaic and Syriac, and forms the largest collection of its kind anywhere in the world. This volume presents editions of sixty-four Jewish Aramaic incantation bowls, with accompanying introductions, translations, philological notes, photographs and indices. The themes covered include the magical divorce and the accounts of the wonder-working sages Ḥanina ben Dosa and Joshua bar Peraḥia. It is the first of a multi-volume project that aims to publish the entire Schøyen Collection of Aramaic incantation bowls.
Author: Bernard Spolsky

are right, a belief that they should be committed to the maintenance of the homeland, and collective solidarity built on a personal or vicarious relationship to the homeland. On this basis, he says, it is appropriate to speak of the Armenian, Maghrebi, Turkish, Palestinian, Cuban, Greek and “perhaps

In: The Languages of Diaspora and Return
The collection of Aramaic magic bowls and related objects in the Vorderasiatisches Museum in Berlin is one of the most important in the world. This book presents a description of each object and its contents, including details of users and other names, biblical quotations, parallel texts, and linguistic features. Combined with the detailed indices, the present volume makes the Berlin collection accessible for further research. Furthermore, sixteen texts, which are representative of the whole collection, are edited. This book results from an impressive collaboration between Siam Bhayro, James Nathan Ford, Dan Levene, and Ortal-Paz Saar, with further contributions by Matthew Morgenstern, Marco Moriggi, and Naama Vilozny, and will be of interest for all those engaged in the study of these fascinating objects.

"The presentation, transcriptions, translations, and commentaries are excellent examples of the finest scholarship from some of the leading scholars in the study of ancient Aramaic and its dialects.... The manuscript and the bowls it introduces should be eagerly received and examined by graduate students and scholars of the Hebrew Bible, esoteric traditions of later antiquity (like the seals of Solomon, demonology, etc.), and the historical development of Aramaic." - Peter T. Lanfer, Occidental College, in: Review of Biblical Literature 8 (2019)

things. 24 In taking up the discussion of the dialectic of belief and prayer in religious texts, Schuller finds helpful an old fifth century dictum from Christian liturgical studies: lex credendi est lex orandi , in other words, the norm or rule of faith undergirds the norm or rule of prayer. Moreover

In: Sacred Texts and Disparate Interpretations: Qumran Manuscripts Seventy Years Later

belief; if in the second ⟨decan⟩, he will inquire about travel; if in the third ⟨decan⟩, he will inquire about wisdom deriving from high status or from the respect of others, or about a dream. 12 If it is in the first decan of the tenth place, he will ask about news from his master; if in the second

In: Abraham Ibn Ezra Latinus on Elections and Interrogations
Author: Sonja Noll

תשתק הדה מן מלי ספרא זנ‬‎ Although some suggest that this line indicates a belief in the magic qualities of the stele to speak or be silent, 20 it is not necessary to assume such a literal meaning for ‮שׁתק‬‎. Since the image of silence is elsewhere used to represent inaction or neglect

In: The Semantics of Silence in Biblical Hebrew

added as well to become a combination of three names: Zayd ʿAmr Bakr . Al-Ḫūlī also expressed his belief that the Arab grammarians would not have rejected the option and called for accepting the phrase Muḥammad ʿAlī Ḥasan since the model already exists in ancient Arabic sources. He

In: From Sībawayhi to ʾAḥmad Ḥasan al-Zayyāt: New Angles on the Arabic Linguistic Tradition

–91), which was later probably emulated by Josephus ( B.J. 2.119–161; Ant. 13.172; 15.371; 18.18–22), 9 that the Essenes greatly cherished community life, purity, and moral virtue, as well as held beliefs in fate and in the immortality of the soul. However, these descriptions are too Hellenized

In: Sacred Texts and Disparate Interpretations: Qumran Manuscripts Seventy Years Later