Mesopotamian Witchcraft: Towards a History and Understanding of Babylonian Witchcraft Beliefs and Literature

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BRILL, 2002 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 314 pages
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This volume is about the history, literature, ritual, and thought associated with ancient Mesopotamian witchcraft. With chapters on the changing forms and roles of witchcraft beliefs, the ritual function, form, and development of the Maql text (the most important ancient work on the subject), and the meaning of the Maql ceremony, as well as the ideology of the final version of the text. The volume significantly contributes to our understanding of the Maql text, and the reconstruction of the development of thought about witchcraft and magic in Mesopotamia.
 

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Contents

Mesopotamian Witchcraft
1
Witchcraft and the Anger of the Personal
27
Chapter 3
65
Chapter 4
79
Chapter 5
89
The Nature and History of Maqlū
97
Chapter 7
113
Chapter 8
163
Chapter 10
197
Meaning The Religious and Intellectual Setting of Maqlū
217
Some Observations on the Introductory Section of the Text Part I
249
Chapter 13
271
Chapter 14
287
Interpretation and Textual History of Maqlū VIII 58105 and IX 15259
293
Indices
307
Copyright

Chapter 9
185

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Tzvi Abusch, Ph.D. in Assyriology from Harvard University, is Rose B. and Joseph Cohen Professor of Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Religion. He has taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has held a number of awards and fellowships. His particular area of interest is Ancient Mesopotamian Religious Literature and Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Literature.

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