Ancient Christian Magic - Coptic Texts of Ritual Power

ISBN-10: 0691004587
ISBN-13: 9780691004587
Edition: 1999 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $62.50
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/4/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

This collection of magical texts from ancient Egypt shows the exotic rituals, healing practices, and incantory and supernatural dimensions that flowered in early Christianity giving rise to the Dead Sea Scrolls. They include curses, spells of protection and recipes from a magical 'cookbook'.

Marvin Meyer is one of the foremost scholars on early Christianity and texts about Jesus outside the New Testament. He is Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California. Among his recent books are The Gospel of Judas , The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus , The Gospels of Mary , The Gospel of Thomas , and The Nag Hammadi Scriptures .

Richard Smith is a specialist in organisational development related people development issues and has enjoyed a number of senior roles for a range of blue chip organizations including Dixon Group and Lloyds Bank. Currently running his own consultancy Richard Smith Associates, he works with clients as diverse as Unilever, GKN, Nestle, Mars and Harvard Business School. The Chief Examiner for APMG Change Management products and lead author of the first global Change Management Body of Knowledge for the Change Management Institute, he is also a Fellow of the CIPD.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ritual Power in Egypt
Old Coptic Texts of Ritual Power
Greek Texts of Ritual Power from Christian Egypt
Ritual Power in Coptic Gnostic Texts
Coptic Spells of Ritual Power
Healing Spells
Protective Spells
Sexual Spells
Curses
Spells with Other Applications
Coptic Handbooks of Ritual Power
Collections of Recipes
A Portfolio of Spells from the British Library
The Coptic Hoard of Spells from the University of Michigan
The Coptic Book of Ritual Power from Leiden
A Coptic Book of Ritual Power from Heidelberg
Afterword
App Previously Unpublished Coptic Texts of Ritual Power in the Beinecke Library, Yale University
Textual Notes
Glossary
Illustration Credits
Bibliography

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