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Edited by William V. Harris

The history of healthcare in the classical world suffers from notable neglect in one crucial area. While scholars have intensively studied both the rationalistic medicine that is conveyed in the canonical texts and also the ‘temple medicine’ of Asclepius and other gods, they have largely neglected to study popular medicine in a systematic fashion. This volume, which for the most part is the fruit of a conference held at Columbia University in 2014, aims to help correct this imbalance. Using the full range of available evidence - archaeological, epigraphical and papyrological, as well as the literary texts - the international cast of contributors hopes to show what real people in Antiquity actually did when they tried to avert illness or cure it.

Anne Koch

Introduction Cultural constructions of healing and medicine have recently undergone great changes. Older ideas of psychosomatic medicine from the 1940s and 1950s drew on a much narrower, psychoanalytically informed understanding than what Anne Harrington calls mind-body medicines, which have

Practicing Gnosis

Ritual, Magic, Theurgy and Liturgy in Nag Hammadi, Manichaean and Other Ancient Literature. Essays in Honor of Birger A. Pearson


Edited by April DeConick, Gregory Shaw and John D. Turner

Ritual, magic, liturgy, and theurgy were central features of Gnosticism, and yet Gnostic practices remain understudied. This anthology is meant to fill in this gap and address more fully what the ancient Gnostics were doing. While previously we have studied the Gnostics as intellectuals in pursuit of metaphysical knowledge, the essays in this book attempt to understand the Gnostics as ecstatics striving after religious experience, as prophets seeking revelation, as mystics questing after the ultimate God, as healers attempting to care for the sick and diseased. These essays demonstrate that the Gnostics were not necessarily trendy intellectuals seeking epistomological certainities. They were after religious experiences that relied on practices. The book is organized comparatively in a history-of-religions approach with sections devoted to Initiatory, Recurrent, Therapeutic, Ecstatic, and Philosophic Practices. This book celebrates the brilliant career of Birger A. Pearson.

Jarich Oosten and Frédéric Laugrand

Reconnecting People and Healing the Land: Inuit Pentecostal and Evangelical Movements in the Canadian Eastern Arctic Frédéric Laugrand a) and Jarich Oosten b) a) Département d’anthropologie, Université Laval, Ste-Foy, G1K 7P4, Québec, Canada b) Department of


Beate Ego

:4). 14 According to the Aramaic version of this passage, there are winds emerging from the four middle gates that heal the earth and refresh it, while the other eight gates produce winds that corrupt the world (cf. 4Q210 1 ii 2–14). This means that some of the aforementioned elements, such as rain and


Cana Werman

Jerusalem, … all the lights will be renewed for healing and peace, and he will write all the chosen of Israel as blessed forever” (1:29). The covenant made with Noah will be our starting point. An announcement about this covenant is made in v. 18 of chapter 6: From the day of Noah’s death his sons corrupted


Matthew S. Goldstone

which is between you to be healed ( ܨܒܘܬܐ ܕܬܪܝܟܘܢ ܕܬܐܣܐ ); but if you rebuke him to his face, you will make a sore which will be incurable’.” 56 Here the impetus to rebuke stems not from an altruistic desire to improve the other party, but from a realistic ignoble impulse to respond to a personal