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Bibil Identifier bibil:246492
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Innovative Use of Biblical Traditions for Ritual Power: The Crucifixion of Jesus on a Coptic Exorcistic Spell (Brit. Lib. Or. 6796[4], 6796) as a Test Case
Author Sanzo, Joseph E.
Journal Archiv für Religionsgeschichte (Volume: 16, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2015
Year (Reference) 2015
Language English
Pages 67-98 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In this paper, I explore the creative use of biblical traditions in so-called “magical” texts through a detailed analysis of the crucifixion tradition on Brit. Lib. Or. 6796(4), 6796, a seventh-century CE spell for exorcism. I examine three overlapping ways in which the practitioner interacts with the crucifixion story: selection and arrangement of pre-existing traditions; invention of new elements of the story; and the juxtaposition of word and image. I then reflect on the implications of the crucifixion tradition in this spell for analyzing the relationship between biblical traditions and metonymy in “magical” texts, more generally.
DOI 10.1515/arege-2014-0007
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : History and Civilization : Roman Period : Coptic Culture
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Exorcism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Magic
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Passion
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Rite
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