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Magic in Late Antiquity. Objects, Texts and Contexts - 01-02-03/03/2020, Jerusalem (Israel)




FECHA/DATE/DATA: 01-02-03/03/2020


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO:  Mount Scopus, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Israel)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Avigail Manekin-Bamberger; Gideon Bohak; Yakir Paz. Sponsored by The Azrieli Foundation


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SUNDAY – 1.3.2020
Mandel Building, Room 530

10:45 – Opening
Session 1: 11:00 – 12:30

Esther Eidinow (University of Bristol)
  – Victim Mentality? Some Observations on the Psychology of Ancient Magic

 Eleni Pachoumi (Hellenic Open University/Oxford University)
  - Magico-theurgic Prayers in Late Antique Magic

Gideon Bohak (Tel Aviv University)
  - Divination and Magic in Late Antique Judaism

12:30-13:30 – Lunch

Session 2: 13:30-15:00
 Siam Bhayro (University of Exeter) - Moses in the Aramaic Magic Bowls

Yakir Paz (Hebrew University)
  -  Eternal Chains and the Mountain of Darkness: The Fallen Angels in the Incantation Bowls

James Nathan Ford (Bar Ilan University)
  - The Havdala de-Rabbi Aqiva in the Light of the Magic Bowls

Session 3: 15:30-17:00
Árpád M. Nagy (Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest)
   - "A Stumbling Block to Jews" but no "Folly to Gentiles" -
Judaizing Amulet Gems from the Roman Imperial Period
Rivka Elitzur-Leiman (Tel Aviv University)
   – "And Inscribe it on a Piece of Gold " - the Book of Mysteries in Context
Guy Stiebel (Tel Aviv University): Arma Magica
  - Military Equipment and Ritual in Roman Judaea

 Roundtable: Recent Trends in the Study of Ancient Magic

Discussants: Gideon Bohak, Véronique Dasen, Esther Eidinow,
Christopher A.  Faraone

Moderator: Avigail Manekin-Bamberger

19:00 – Reception at Mandel Building

MONDAY – 2.3.2020
Beit Meirsdorf, Room 502

Session 4: 11:00 – 12:30
Juraj Franek (Masaryk University/Czech Academy of Sciences)
  - Bilingual Bronze Amulet from the Collection of Gustave Schlumberger

Ortal-Paz Saar (Utrecht University)
  - Funerary Protection: Jewish Curses against Grave Desecration

 Nancy Benovitz (Israel Museum)
  - The Magic of the Shema (Deut. 6:4): An Upcoming Israel Museum Exhibition

12:30-13:30 – Lunch

Session 5: 13:30-15:00

Matthew Morgenstern (Tel Aviv University)
  - Mandaic Magic Texts, Early and Late

Hatty Walker (University of Exeter)
  : BT Shab 115a and the Aramaic Magic Bowls: A Scribal Rationale for the Burial of Overturned Jewish Bowl Texts

Mark Geller (UCL)
  - Mind the Gap:  Akkadian background to the Mandaic Phylactery of Rue (šapta d-šambra)

 Session 6: 15:30-16:30

Yuval Harari (Ben Gurion University)
  - Hanina the Exorcist: A Contribution to the Study of Folk Traditions in Antiquity

Alessia Bellusci (Yale University)
  - Early Roots of Hebrew Secreta Literature

Session 7: 16:45-18:15

Vera Duerrschnabel (University of Bern):
  - Hebrew and Aramaic Adjuration Formulae within the Context of Mediterranean Magic
 Daniela Urbanová (Masaryk University)

  - Strategies of Addressing Higher Powers from Greco-Roman Antiquity
to the Latin Middle Ages

 Robert Daniel (Universität zu Köln)
  - The Curse Tablets from the University of Pennsylvania 1994 Excavations at Promontory Palace in Caesarea

TUESDAY - 3.3.2020

Mandel Building, Room 530

Session 8: 9:30 – 11:00

Shaul Shaked (Hebrew University)
  – 'Writtenness' in Magic Bowls

Dan Levene (University of Southampton)
  - The Writing of a Magical text as a Performative Act

Avigail Manekin-Bamberger (Hebrew University)
  –  Scribal Variability in the Bowls: Rethinking the "Corpus" of the Jewish Magic Bowls

Session 9: 11:30 – 13:00
Fritz Graf (Ohio State University)
  - Cursing against Cursing: A Clash of Categories

Véronique Dasen (University of Fribourg / ERC Locus Ludi)
  - Magical Games

Richard Gordon (Universität Erfurt)
  - Achieving Rhetorical ‘Weight’ in Incantation: The Example of Determinative Compound Words

13:00-14:00 – Lunch

Session 10: 14:00 – 15:30
Theodore de Bruyn (University of Ottawa)
  - Locating Power in Christian Contexts in Late Antique Egypt: A Conversation between Amulets and Graffiti

Jacques van der Vliet (Leiden University)
   - Divine Bodies and Celestial Landscape in Late-Antique Egyptian Magic

Christopher Faraone (University of Chicago)
  - A Bronze Head of Augustus in Nubia, a Curse in a Galilean Synagogue and the Long-Afterlife of Pharaonic Trampling Magic

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