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Exe(o)rcising power: women as sorceresses, exorcists, and demonesses in Babylonian Jewish society of late antiquity .
  • R. Lesses
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Journal of the American Academy of Religion…
  • 1 June 2001
This article examines talmudic discussions and archaeological finds from Sassanian Babylonia to explore two distinct but related topics: how some actual women employed ritual practices to gain powerExpand
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Speaking with Angels: Jewish and Greco-Egyptian Revelatory Adjurations
How do human beings receive answers to the most urgent questions they have of the powers of heaven? How do celestial beings provide guidance for perplexed humans? People living around theExpand
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Image and Word: Performative Ritual and Material Culture in the Aramaic Incantation Bowls
The Aramaic incantation bowls used by Jews, Christians, Mandaeans, Zoroastrians, and others in Sassanian Babylonia, are earthenware bowls inscribed with incantations whose goal was to exorciseExpand
Amulets and angels: Visionary experience in the testament of Job and the Hekhalot literature
This chapter explores the double use of amulets and seals for protection and visionary experience in the Testament of Job and the Hekhalot literature, addressing the following questions: how do theyExpand