RE: [XTalk] conversion and magic
- Bob Dietel says:
>>Dr Hindley mentions the vital "Papyri Graecae Magicae" which over itsseveral editions includes any number of significant primary sources for
Christian attitudes towards ritual power. I suggest also that an excellent
modern collection of sources is available, Meyer & Smith's "Ancient
Christian Magic." Meyer & Smith include several texts not in Betz's
translation of PGM, by the way.<<
Alas, no "Dr" here. Thanks, though, for pointing out Mayer & Smith, which I
had not been aware of!
It also occurred to me that examples of Jewish magic, from a somewhat later
era but showing an astonishing overlap with Hellenistic magical formulae, is
to be found in _Sepher ha Razim_. There was an English translation some
years ago, but I haven't a clue how to find the Hebrew text.
Cleveland, Ohio, USA