Ancient Christian Magic

This thought-provoking collection of magical texts from ancient Egypt shows the exotic rituals, esoteric healing practices, and incantatory and supernatural dimensions that flowered in early Christianity.

Ancient Christian Magic

Ancient Christian Magic

This thought-provoking collection of magical texts from ancient Egypt shows the exotic rituals, esoteric healing practices, and incantatory and supernatural dimensions that flowered in early Christianity. These remarkable Christian magical texts include curses, spells of protection from "headless powers" and evil spirits, spells invoking thunderous powers, descriptions of fire baptism, and even recipes from a magical "cookbook." Virtually all the texts are by Coptic Christians, and they date from about the 1st-12th centuries of the common era, with the majority from late antiquity. By placing these rarely seen texts in historical context and discussing their significance, the authors explore the place of healing, prayer, miracles, and magic in the early Christian experience, and expand our understanding of Christianity and Gnosticism as a vital folk religion.

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Ancient Christian Magic
Language: en
Pages: 409
Authors: Marvin W. Meyer
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999 - Publisher: Princeton University Press

This thought-provoking collection of magical texts from ancient Egypt shows the exotic rituals, esoteric healing practices, and incantatory and supernatural dimensions that flowered in early Christianity. These remarkable Christian magical texts include curses, spells of protection from "headless powers" and evil spirits, spells invoking thunderous powers, descriptions of fire baptism,
Religious Diversity in Late Antiquity
Language: en
Pages: 561
Authors: David Morton Gwynn, Susanne Bangert
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010 - Publisher: BRILL

This volume in the ongoing Late Antique Archaeology series draws on material and textual evidence to explore the diverse religious world of Late Antiquity. Subjects include Jews and Samaritans, orthodoxy and heresy, pilgrimage, stylites, magic, the sacred and the secular.
Magic and Ritual in the Ancient World
Language: en
Pages: 468
Authors: Paul Allan Mirecki, Marvin W. Meyer
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher: BRILL

This volume contains a series of provocative essays that explore expressions of magic and ritual power in the ancient world. The strength of the present volume lies in the breadth of scholarly approaches represented. The book begins with several papyrological studies presenting important new texts in Greek and Coptic, continuing
Copying Early Christian Texts
Language: en
Pages: 578
Authors: Alan Mugridge
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-07-19 - Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

It is widely believed that the early Christians copied their texts themselves without a great deal of expertise, and that some copyists introduced changes to support their theological beliefs. In this volume, however, Alan Mugridge examines all of the extant Greek papyri bearing Christian literature up to the end of
The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology
Language: en
Pages: 728
Authors: David K. Pettegrew, William R. Caraher, Thomas W. Davis
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-01-21 - Publisher: Oxford Handbooks

"This handbook brings together work by leading scholars of the archaeology of early Christianity in the Mediterranean and surrounding regions. The 34 essays to this volume ground the history, culture, and society of the first seven centuries of Christianity in the latest currents of archaeological method, theory, and research."--

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