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By E. M. Yamauchi

Edwin Yamauchi got his Ph.D. in Mediterranean reviews from Brandeis college in 1964, the place he studied lower than Cyrus H. Gordon. Mandaic Incantation Texts is the revision of his dissertation, which used to be initially released in 1967 within the American Oriental Society monograph sequence. It contains a selection of the earliest Mandaic texts, that are magic scrolls and inscribed bowls, courting from approximately six hundred C.E., including transcriptions and translations, a grammar, and a lexicon. After educating at Rutgers, the country college of recent Jersey, till 1969, Professor Yamauchi taught at Miami college (Oxford, Ohio) till his retirement in 2005. he's the writer of various books together with Gnostic Ethics and Mandaean Origins (originally released by means of Harvard collage Press, and lately reprinted by way of Gorgias Press) and Pre-Christian Gnosticism.

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Witchcraft are between mother and daughter-in-law who live in the same homestead and between fellow-employees in the mines or elsewhere. 48 The categories o! people suspected ••• o! practicing witchcraft are, first and foremost, village neighbors-more than a third o! the cases o! witchcraft we collected were o! this type--second, fellow-workers in a mining camp, third, wives. 4 9 46 Philip Waterman, The Story o! ,l929),p. 109. · 48 Monica H. Wilson, "Witch Beliefs and Social Structure," American Journal o!

They frequent They and other evil spi- rits are known as mazzikin or "injurers," a word that does not 65 Thompson, Semitic Magic, p. 98. 30 occur in the Mandaic bowls but which occurs frequently in the Aramaic ones. The word ~~· ~ is identical with the Sanskrit word for "deity" It occurs in the Rig-Veda with the ~~· the latter be- ing the more remote deities and the former those closer to man. C. Zoroaster refused to acknowledge them as gods and considered them as maleficent powers. C. Xerxes issued a proclamation prohibiting the worship of these erstwhile deities: Within these provinces there were places where previously the daivas had been worshipped.

P. 128. For the use of Scriptures in other Jewish incantations see Hans H. , and I. M. Casanowicz, "Jewish Amulets in the United States National Museum," ~. XXXVI (1916), 155; for their use in Christian incantations see C. lmen zur Zauberei," ZDMG, XLII (1888), 450-62, and Willis H. Hazard, "A Syriac Charm," ~· XV (1893), 285 ££. 109 H. I. Bell, A. D. Nock, and H. Thompson, "Magical Texts from a Bilingual P~pyrus in the British Museum," Proceedings of the British Academy, XVII (1931), p. 268.

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