Aramaic Bowl Spells

Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One


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.
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Biographical Note

Shaul Shaked, Ph.D. (1964) in Iranian Languages, SOAS, is Schwarzmann University Professor (Emeritus) in Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published extensively in the fields of Semitic and Iranian Philology, Zoroastrianism and Judaism, and received the Israel Prize for Linguistics in 2000. James Nathan Ford, Ph.D. (2003) in Ugaritic magic, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is Senior Lecturer in Semitic Languages at Bar-Ilan University. His research interests include Semitic philology and ancient near eastern and Jewish magic. He received the American Oriental Society's Jonas C. Greenfield Prize for Younger Semitists in 2000. Siam Bhayro, Ph.D. (2000) in Semitic Languages, University College London, is Senior Lecturer in Early Jewish Studies at the University of Exeter. His research interests include the Bible, Semitic Languages, Early Judaism, medicine in the Christian and Islamic orient, and Jewish magic.


All those interested in Aramaic and Semitics, as well as those interested in the history and religion of the near east in late antiquity and magic in general.