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Studies on Aramaic Magic Bowls and Related Subjects: Introduction

Studies on Aramaic Magic Bowls and Related Subjects: Introduction The impetus for this special issue of Aramaic Studies , devoted to the Aramaic magic bowls, is the recent increase in publications about these texts, in terms of both editions and studies. 1 When Willem Smelik invited me to serve as guest editor, rather than focus simply on more of such editions and studies, all of which would certainly have been of interest to the small group of scholars who regularly work on the bowls, I instead decided to attempt to widen the issue’s scope, and hence its appeal, by inviting contributions that discuss the bowls in relation to other disciplines—hence the title of this special issue: Studies on Aramaic Magic Bowls and Related Subjects . Taken together, these studies indicate how the material from the magic bowls reshapes our understanding of Judaism in Antiquity and Late Antiquity, thus necessitating some major shifts in scholarly paradigms of early Jewish culture and history, as well as interactions between Jews and non-Jews, between genders, and between magic, medicine and religion (and much more besides). In the first article, Peter Lanfer discusses the importance of the bowls for biblical studies. The fact that some biblical citations in the bowls represent the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aramaic Studies Brill

Studies on Aramaic Magic Bowls and Related Subjects: Introduction

Aramaic Studies , Volume 13 (1): 1 – Jan 1, 2015

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Brill
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Copyright 2015 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.
ISSN
1477-8351
eISSN
1745-5227
DOI
10.1163/17455227-01301002
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Abstract

The impetus for this special issue of Aramaic Studies , devoted to the Aramaic magic bowls, is the recent increase in publications about these texts, in terms of both editions and studies. 1 When Willem Smelik invited me to serve as guest editor, rather than focus simply on more of such editions and studies, all of which would certainly have been of interest to the small group of scholars who regularly work on the bowls, I instead decided to attempt to widen the issue’s scope, and hence its appeal, by inviting contributions that discuss the bowls in relation to other disciplines—hence the title of this special issue: Studies on Aramaic Magic Bowls and Related Subjects . Taken together, these studies indicate how the material from the magic bowls reshapes our understanding of Judaism in Antiquity and Late Antiquity, thus necessitating some major shifts in scholarly paradigms of early Jewish culture and history, as well as interactions between Jews and non-Jews, between genders, and between magic, medicine and religion (and much more besides). In the first article, Peter Lanfer discusses the importance of the bowls for biblical studies. The fact that some biblical citations in the bowls represent the

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Published: Jan 1, 2015

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