Among the most important sources for understanding the cultures, religions, and systems of thought of ancient Mesopotamia is the large corpus of magical and medical texts directed against witchcraft. The most important of these texts is the Akkadian series
This volume offers a collection of studies on Mesopotamian witchcraft and
Maqlû written subsequent to the appearance of the author’s 2002 collection of studies on witchcraft (Brill, 2002). Many of the studies reprinted here take a diachronic approach to individual incantations and rituals and attempt to solve textual difficulties using literary-critical and/or text-critical approaches.
Tzvi Abusch, Ph.D. (1972), Harvard University, is Cohen Professor Emeritus of Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Religion at Brandeis University. His primary fields of publication are Mesopotamian religion and literature. Some of his early studies on Babylonian witchcraft are found in
Mesopotamian Witchcraft (Brill, 2002). He is co-author of
Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals (Brill, 2011-2020).
Preface Sources Abbreviations
Studies of the Text of
Witches and Demons in Ancient Mesopotamia
Divine Judges on Earth and in Heaven
Maqlû Tablet II: Its Literary Frame and Formation
The Revision of Babylonian Anti-Witchcraft Incantations: the Critical Analysis of Incantations in the Ceremonial Series Maqlû
Maqlû III 1–30: Internal Analysis and Manuscript Evidence for the Revision of an Incantation
Mother and Child or Sexual Mates?
Blessing and Praise in Ancient Mesopotamian Incantations
Notes on the History of Composition of Two Incantations
A Neo-Babylonian Recension of Maqlû: Some Observations on the Redaction of Maqlû Tablet VII and on the Development of Two of Its Incantations
Vetitive and Prohibitive: an Observation
Alternative Models for the Development of Some Incantations
Studies of Mesopotamian Witchcraft
Witchcraft Literature in Mesopotamia
Some Reflections on Mesopotamian Witchcraft
The Witch’s Messages: Witchcraft, Omens, and Voodoo-Death in Ancient Mesopotamia
Illnesses and Other Crises: Mesopotamia
Lists of Therapeutic Plants: an Observation
Dismissal by Authorities: šuškunu and Related Matters Bibliography Index
This book should be of immediate interest to students of ancient magic, witchcraft, and literature, and especially to scholars in the fields of Assyriology, Biblical Studies, and Anthropology.