Scriptural Incipits on Amulets from Late Antique Egypt: Text, Typology, and Theory

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Mohr Siebeck, 24.02.2014 - 233 Seiten
The use of biblical and parabiblical texts on amulets and other apotropaic objects was ubiquitous in late antique Egypt. Among the passages most frequently cited were the opening lines (incipits) of the Gospels, the Psalms, and other scriptural texts. Scholars have repeatedly observed the apotropaic use of such incipits, but have yet to subject them to thorough and focused analysis. In the present volume, Joseph E. Sanzo addresses this scholarly need by offering the first sustained study of the scriptural incipits on Greek and Coptic amulets and other apotropaic objects from late antique Egypt. In addition to providing a catalog and edition of these texts, the author draws on insights from cognitive linguistics, ritual studies, and the history of the book to establish a typology of the incipits and to determine their ritual functions.
 

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Toward a New Approach to the Scriptural Incipits
9
On the Relation pars pro toto
20
Conclusions
52
The Power of Precedent and Paradigm
65
The Hierarchical View of Scripture and Ritual
70
Other Possible Incipits of Multiunit Corpora
100
Psalmic Incipits
106
Incipits of Other Singleunit Texts
130
Identifying an Incipit
136
Implications
144
A Theory of Incipits of Multiunit Corpora
150
Toward a Theory of Incipits of Singleunit Texts
165
Conclusions
178
Index of Sources
203
Index of Subjects
217
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