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An Arabic Version Of “The Sword Of Moses”

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This chapter examines the newly discovered Arabic version of the Harba de Moshe (&t;The Sword of Moses&t;) which could shed light on the birth of the Arabic translation, on the work which might have served as a basis for the Arabic version and on the milieu of their composition. As a matter of fact, the questions raised by the study of the Harba are closely related to one of the main concerns of research on the relationship between Jewish liturgy, Hekhalot literature and magical ritual, so it will also be of relevance to show whether the Arabic text offers any clue for the elucidation of some problems in this respect. Sefer ha-Razim in Margalioth's reconstruction described the seven firmaments with their ministering angels and recorded their names together with the magical recipes which were selected on the basis of the competences of each angelic group.

Keywords: Arabic text; Sefer ha-Razim; The Sword of Moses



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