Ancient Christian Magic

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"This book is well organized and exceedingly well edited. There are helpful introductions to each chapter and, even more, to each selection.... [It] could scarcely be more user friendly for lay readers.... There exists nothing like it, at least nothing so accessible to nonexperts."Robert Segal, Lancaster University, editor of The Gnostic Jung

Autorentext
Marvin W. Meyer is Professor of Religion at Chapman University and director of the Coptic Magical Texts Project of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity. Richard Smith teaches at Claremont Graduate School and was managing editor of The Nag Hammadi Library (revised edition).

Klappentext

This thought-provoking collection of magical texts from ancient Egypt shows the exotic rituals, esoteric healing practices, and incantatory and supernatural dimensions that flowered in early Christianity. These remarkable Christian magical texts include curses, spells of protection from "headless powers" and evil spirits, spells invoking thunderous powers, descriptions of fire baptism, and even recipes from a magical "cookbook." Virtually all the texts are by Coptic Christians, and they date from about the 1st-12th centuries of the common era, with the majority from late antiquity. By placing these rarely seen texts in historical context and discussing their significance, the authors explore the place of healing, prayer, miracles, and magic in the early Christian experience, and expand our understanding of Christianity and Gnosticism as a vital folk religion.



Zusammenfassung
A collection of magical texts from ancient Egypt. It shows the exotic rituals, esoteric healing practices, and incantatory and supernatural dimensions that flowered in early Christianity. It explores the place of healing, prayer, miracles, and magic in the early Christian experience.

Inhalt

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1 Ritual Power in Egypt
Ch. 1 Old Coptic Texts of Ritual Power
Ch. 2 Greek Texts of Ritual Power from Christian Egypt
Ch. 3 Ritual Power in Coptic Gnostic Texts
Pt. 2 Coptic Spells of Ritual Power
Ch. 4 Healing Spells
Ch. 5 Protective Spells
Ch. 6 Sexual Spells
Ch. 7 Curses
Ch. 8 Spells with Other Applications
Pt. 3 Coptic Handbooks of Ritual Power
Ch. 9 Collections of Recipes
Ch. 10 A Portfolio of Spells from the British Library
Ch. 11 The Coptic Hoard of Spells from the University of Michigan
Ch. 12 The Coptic Book of Ritual Power from Leiden
Ch. 13 A Coptic Book of Ritual Power from Heidelberg
Afterword
App Previously Unpublished Coptic Texts of Ritual Power in the Beinecke Library, Yale University
Textual Notes
Glossary
Illustration Credits
Bibliography

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Produktinformationen

Titel
Ancient Christian Magic
Untertitel
Coptic Texts of Ritual Power
Autor
EAN
9780691004587
ISBN
0691004587
Format
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Herausgeber
Princeton University Press
Anzahl Seiten
428
Gewicht
654g
Größe
H229mm x B152mm x T25mm
Jahr
1999
Untertitel
Englisch
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