Ancient Christian magic : coptic texts of ritual power by Marvin W Meyer; Richard Smith

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44 RITI1AL POWER IN EGYPT TEXT II adjure you by the four) I gospels of the son I ... , whether a Itertian fever) or a quartan fever or I . )1 fevers I ... ). , who wears) this Idivine)I protector, because the one who Icommands you is the) I god of IsraeL whom Ithe angels) I bless and people Ifear and every) I spirit dreads. Again I . ) 10 demon, whose name I I .. ), I who has feet of a Iwolf but) I the Ihead of] a frog I . . ). I I adjure it by the Iseven circles) 15 of heaven: the first I .

An excellent sample of the texts and attested practices of ritual power known from Demotic sources is the Demotic Magical Papyrus of London and Leiden, originally published by F. Ll. Griffith and Herbert Thompson and the subject of recent studies by Janet H. Johnson. This Demotic material, which includes Old Coptic glosses and occasional words within the text, is now available in Hans Dieter Betz, The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, Including the Demotic Spells. The original editors characterize the papyrus as "a compilation ...

I AO, Sabaoth. I o mother of god, incorruptible, undefiled, unstained mother I of Christ, remember that you have said these things. 10 Again heal her who wears this, Amen. t 25. ) Bibliography: Karl Preisendanz, Papyri Graecae Magicae, 2209-10; Marvin Meyer, "A Sixth-Century Christian Amulet" Translator: Marvin Meyer Oxyrhynchus 1060 is an amulet intended to provide protection for a house and specifically the entrance to the house. The powers invoked include the Greek goddess Aphrodite (whose name is presented in the translation, visually, in "wing formation "), the Egyptian god Horus, 48 RI1UAL POWER IN EGY(Yf and the Judeo-Christian deity Yao Sabaoth Adonai and Christian St.

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