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'This Is A Qybl' For Overturning Sorceries’: Form, Formula—Threads In A Web Of Transmission

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The most obvious connection between all the bowls in this group of five from Berlin is the fact that all define themselves as being a qyblʾ - in this particular group of texts meaning that they are a kind of counter-charm. Thus they are all intended to return adverse magical actions to their origin""in these cases identified specifically as individuals who are personally named. Another group of bowls that describe themselves as qyblʾ bowls, and therefore relevant to this study, are three from the British Museum (BM): 039A, 040A and 041A. An examination of the two pairs of qyblʾ bowls from Berlin yielded the following: VA 2434 and VA 2424 is one of the pairs of qyblʾ texts that were each written by the same scribe for the same client against the same antagonist.

Keywords:Berlin; counter-charm; qyblʾ



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