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Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power (Malcolm Choat Iain Gardner (eds)) Paperback Book, (Brepols, 2014) 9782503531700
Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power (Malcolm Choat Iain Gardner (eds)) Paperback Book, (Brepols, 2014) 9782503531700
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Title: Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power

Author: Choat, Malcolm Iain Gardner (eds)

Publisher: Brepols; Publication Date: 2014

Paperback; ISBN: 9782503531700

Volumes: 1; Pages: xiv, 146 + CD

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This volume publishes a new Coptic handbook of ritual power, comprising a complete 20 page parchment codex from the second half of the first millennium AD. It consists of an invocation including both Christian and Gnostic elements, ritual instructions, and a list of twenty-seven spells to cure demonic possession, various ailments, the effects of magic, or to bring success in love and business. The codex is not only a substantial new addition to the corpus of magical texts from Egypt, but, in its opening invocation, also provides new evidence for Sethian Gnostic thought in Coptic texts.Table of ContentsAbbreviationsList of Figures and PlatesIntroduction1. The Codex: Codicology Palaeography, Date, and Provenance Dialect and Orthography2. The Contents of the Handbook: The Invocations Text -- The Three Versions of the Invocations Text -- The Invocations Text, Sethianism, and the Practice of Ritual Power -- The List of Prescriptions -- Conspectus of Prescriptions
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