Babylonian Oil Magic in the Talmud and in the later Jewish by Samuel Daiches

By Samuel Daiches

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Z. Kenntnis d. bab. Religion, E~a lip-tur sdr apse Ea may solve, the p. 8, 1. 149 and 1. 150 apsu lip-tur bit nimeki king of the ocean the ocean may solve, the house of wisdom Ea was the god of the deep sea. And instead of saying Ea the Jews said the sea'. The real meaning of it was, as it were, p. 160, 1. ' ' ; : ' il ' : ; ' '. ' made obscure. DTI is therefore Ea. The 'three lights', nro PW^V, no doubt represent the three Babylonian gods, Sin (the moon), ama (the sun), and Marduk (also the sun).

22 See also p. , p. 1. 38 ff. 91. ; It is interesting to note that the Jews did not take over the magical prayers from the Babylonians. This would have monotheism, and they substihymns. They could adopt the obscure magical ceremonies and formulae, of the real (religious) meaning of which they were not quite conBut they could not plainly worship Samas and scious. Marduk; see also the following note. For fuller notes on the use of psalms as spells see below, p. 41 f. , p. 39 f. Lines 7-8. a DTI taea for the sake of the sea and for the sake of the three lights that are in the universe '.

Also Vol. X, p. 204 f. , p. 203 f. D^nn). We also know that the Christians made the same use of the Psalms cf. , Vol. XLII, p. 456 ff. But from the cuneiform inscriptions we learn now that this custom al- the book of Psalms ; ' ; ' ready prevailed among the Babylonians. The Babylonians made constant use of hymns and psalms in incantations. As a matter of fact, most of the Babylonian hymns and psalms have come down to us as parts of incantations. , p. 126 incantation we also and p. 132 also find in f.

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