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Liturgy, Lore, Mysticism and Magic (3rd-7th century CE)

Greco-Roman Period

  1. From Text to Tradition
    1. Jewish Liturgy
    2. The World of the Aggadah
    3. Study in the Service of God
    4. The Mystic Way
  2. Primary sources
    1. The Weekday Amidah- Themes of Jewish Prayer
    2. The Qedushah- The Mystical Praise of God
    3. A Qedushta by Yannai- On the Recitation of the Shema
    4. A Liturgical Poem for the Sabbath Preceding Passover- Miracles that Occurred at Night
    5. Babylonian Talmud Pesahim 56a- The Oneness of God and the Children of Israel
    6. Mishnah Hagigah 2-1- Teaching the Secrets of the Torah
    7. Jerusalem Talmud Hagigah 2-1 (77a)- Merkavah Speculation
    8. Jerusalem Talmud Haggigah 2-1 (77a-77c)- Four Who Entered the Pardes
    9. Babylonian Talmud Shabbat 33b- Rabbi Simeon bar Yohai and the Cave
    10. Sefer Yetzirah- The Early Kabbalah
    11. Ma’aseh Merkavah- A Mystical Prayer
    12. Horvat Kanaf Amulet- Incantation Against Fever and Pain
    13. Aramaic Magic Bowl- The Expulsion of Lilith
    14. Aramaic Magic Bowl- The Protection of the Family
  3. Secondary sources
    1. Judah Goldin. “The Magic of Magic and Superstition.” Aspects of Religious Propaganda in Judaism and Early Christianity. Ed. Elisabeth Schüssler-Fiorenza. Notre Dame- University of Notre Dame Press, 1976.
    2. Shinan, Avigdor. Synagogues in the Land of Israel- The Literature of the Ancient Synagogue and Synagogue Archaeology. Sacred Realm- The Emergence of the Synagogue in the Ancient World. Ed. Steven Fine. New York; Oxford - Oxford University Press, 1996.
  4. Images
    1. Babylonian magic bowl with an Aramaic mystical formula.
    2. Silver amulet with a Palestinian Aramaic mystical formula to protect women during birth, 5th or 6th century CE. (Candiotti Collection)

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