Exe(o)rcising power: women as sorceresses, exorcists, and demonesses in Babylonian Jewish society of late antiquity .

@article{Lesses2001ExeorcisingPW,
  title={Exe(o)rcising power: women as sorceresses, exorcists, and demonesses in Babylonian Jewish society of late antiquity .},
  author={R. Lesses},
  journal={Journal of the American Academy of Religion. American Academy of Religion},
  year={2001},
  volume={69 2},
  pages={
          343-76
        }
}
  • R. Lesses
  • Published 2001
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Journal of the American Academy of Religion. American Academy of Religion
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 power (such as the recitation of incantations and the use of bowls with incantations written on them) and how some rabbis thought about women's relationship to ritual power. First exploring rabbinic statements and narratives about women as sorceresses, the article then turns to the incantation bowls… Expand
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