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Transmission And Transformation Of Spells: The Case Of The Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls

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The Aramaic magic bowls from Mesopotamia do not contain names of authors, nor do they have references to sources from which the authors of these texts culled their materials. They contain, as a rule, the names of their owners, people for whom they were prepared; a few of them have dates, very few have names that can be assigned to historical figures, and very few indeed, if any, give us a hint as to their place of provenance. The authors of the Jewish bowl texts use among their sources the corpus of the Hebrew Bible, which they often quote, as a rule in the original Hebrew, rarely in an Aramaic version, including the Onkelos Targum; and in some cases Mishna passages, but so far we know only of such passages which were incorporated in the Jewish daily liturgy.

Keywords: Aramaic; Hebrew Bible; Mesopotamia; Mishna passages; Onkelos Targum



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