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Hebrew and Aramaic Incantation Texts from the Cairo Genizah

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This monograph presents a selection of incantation texts, mostly amulets, from Box K1 of the Taylor-Schechter Genizah collection. These texts, mostly published here for the first time, like Genizah as a whole, reflect the medieval Jewish community of the Mediterranean world in the Middle Ages and early modern times.

The texts included reflect the magical traditions of eighth- to thirteenth- century Mediterranean Jewry, even if written later. These texts abound in parallels to the Palestinian and Babylonian magical materials already known and are full of references to ideas and rituals found in Rabbinic literature, Hellenistic magical materials, and Merkavah text. As such, these texts provide a window on the popular religion of an important segment of Jewry at the close of Late Antiquity and the onset of the Middle ages. Hardcover, 183 pages.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Continuum International
ISBN: 1850752850
ISBN-13: 9781850752851
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In this volume, the authors assemble a group of Jewish incantation texts which were copied in the Middle Ages and preserved in the Cairo Genizah. Most of these texts, now in Cambridge University Library, are published here for the first time. All the texts are translated and provided with detailed philological and historical commentary, tracing the praxis and beliefs of the Jewish magical tradition of Late Antiquity. Their relation to Jewish legal and mystical teachings is also explored.

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