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Josephus On Poisoning And Magic Cures Or, On The Meaning Of Pharmakon

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It should be remarked that in the book of Jubilees and in the book of Enoch magical means were forwarded to Noah by the (fallen) angels, while for Josephus they were inspired by the Lord. Last, but not least, the Book of Raziel begins with a 'historical' introduction, where it is asserted that the included secrets were bestowed to Noah by the angel Raziel. This chapter shows how poisoners and magicians were associated in the Greek version of Scripture, under the ambivalent term pharmakous. Regarding poisoning, Josephus could arguably compare the deleterious atmosphere that existed at Herods court to the intrigues and atrocities that infected Roman high society. Regarding magic cures, the scene of exorcism described by Josephus is a fine literary piece, and the excursus on the Baaras root has given rise to a long-lasting legend around the mandrake.

Keywords: exorcism; Josephus; magic cures; pharmakous; poisoning



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