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Greek Deuteronomy's “Fever and Chills” and Their Magical Afterlife

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The Greek text of Deut. xxviii 22 preserves the earliest reference in a Jewish context to “fever and chills”, a pair that repeatedly surfaces in later incantations. This provided both a scriptural justification for some Greek curses and contributed to the “magical Wirkungsgeschichte” of Deuteronomy itself.

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