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Theodore J. Lewis

’s pleasant rains to appear again. What is to become of the monarch on death’s door? Will ʾIlu again come to the aid of the one who is called by his very name ( bn ʾil krt )? Will he heal the ailing king and by so doing cure the land that is so closely bound with royal fate? 2. The Failure of the

Alice Mouton

a special dream. The Hittite texts describe two different kinds of incubation: a divinatory one (in order to get a message-dream) and a therapeutic one (in order to heal the sleeper). The contexts in which the divinatory incubation occurs seem different from the ones in which the therapeutic

J. Brett McClain and Kathlyn Cooney

experience of hidden cosmological processes that lie beyond the boundaries of normal knowledge. The ritual meal can be described as a liminal rite of awakening and healing for the god and, by extension, for the entire com- munity of which this god is a patron. We present this ritual performance as a case

Jacco Dieleman

small book collects seven essays on diseases, therapies, medi- caments, and healers in ancient Egypt. Six of these essays are reworked versions of papers delivered at a colloquium organized in celebration of the exhibit of the magnificent Medical Papyrus Ebers in the Library of the University of Leipzig

Jacques van der Vliet

” (ⲛⲟⲩϩⲙ). The spell is, as its first editor correctly saw, technically a “formule de libération,” a δεσµόλυτον, a spell that offers release from bonds and ties. A very different example of such a spell in Greek is found in PGM XIII , 288–97. 2 The text is at the same time a healing spell, with a

Theodore J. Lewis

stage to create Shaʿtiqatu to bring about the healing of the king. Significantly, ʾIlu creates her out of clay—a pottery image that resonates with famous passages elsewhere in the ancient Near East and in more ways than immediately obvious (see below). At the same time, the creation of the figure

William R. Osborne

in Jewish Wisdom Literature.” 2 Similarly, Michael V. Fox has posited that the Tree of Life in Proverbs “is devoid of mythological significance and serves only as a figure for vitality and healing,” though he disagrees with Marcus’s “medicinal” idea. 3 Is the Tree of Life in Proverbs a “secularized

in sub- stantial ways to our knowledge of Hittite culture, especially in the realm of religion, magic and “Weltanschauung”. In this recent book he covers the topic of magic and magical healing again in an exhaustive way, thus outdating not only one of his books written for a more general audience, 1

Ian Moyer

of Mobility The three parts of The Orientalizing Revolution are articulated by the famous quotation from the Odyssey , in which the swineherd Eumaeus enumerates those “public workers” whom a Homeric ruler might summon from elsewhere: “a prophet, a healer of ills, a worker in wood, or an inspired

David Frankfurter

Michael Taussig of a vision he received during a pilgrimage to a spirit healer: “We were lying in bed, awake but with our eyes closed, when I saw as clear as anything along the banks of the river a priest with a huge book making a conjuration. And it seemed as though I was seeing my own farm in Santa