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Title: Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls, Volume One
Author: Shaked, Shaul J.N. Ford, Siam Bhayro
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2012
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004203945
Volumes: 1; Pages: xxviii, 396
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The corpus of Aramaic incantation bowls from Sasanian Mesopotamia is perhaps the most important source we have for studying the everyday beliefs and practices of the Jewish, Christian, Mandaean, Manichaean, Zoroastrian and Pagan communities on the eve of the Islamic conquests. The bowls are from the Schoyen Collection, which has some 650 texts in different varieties of Aramaic: Jewish Aramaic, Mandaic and Syriac, and forms the largest collection of its kind anywhere in the world. This volume presents editions of sixty-three Jewish Aramaic incantation bowls, with accompanying introductions, translations, philological notes, photographs and indices. The themes covered include the magical divorce and the accounts of the wonder-working sages 'anina ben Dosa and Joshua bar Perahia. It is the first of a multi-volume project that aims to publish the entire Schoyen Collection of Aramaic incantation bowls.