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

By Samuel Daiches

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P. 59, 1. 116: ina Jcisadi-su tasakkan(an}. TEXT Line magic; ' 3. cf. seize the 5. , p. 55: kat amsl marsi subut-ma hand of the sick person ' (and recite that incan- tation). TEXT Line 7. arm IN n&nna IN A 6. Tim by ' speech or by sight by writing'. passage from Rosenmiiller, 'Das alte und neue Morgenland', quoted by Hunger, op. 4, is of interest for this line. Speaking of cup-divination by the Rosenmiiller Persians, says that through the adjurations the diviner compelled the demons to give an answer either through an audible voice or through the constellation of the signs on the little stones or through the images of the persons concerning whom the inquiry was made.

12, and p. 116, 1. 28. Stones were thus used in magic in Babylonia at a very early period. Line 4. before the pillar of the sun '. nicy was no doubt formed after the vns&n Tioy vsb The expression of BTDBVI 1 Meaning not 3 Cf. , p. 126", 4 My translation ' s clear. 1. Cf. King, 1. , p. 60. is. of these five lines differs in parts from that of Mr. King Lines 71-2 give, I think, a satisfactory sense according to my rendering his god and goddess may be at peace with him, and the people may bless themselves with him cf.

Ceremony had see again distinctly that the to take place on a favourable and bright day. TEXT 7. In this text the divination is done through the DID ne>, and therefore the cup has to be anointed with oil. A candle of wax is also used. Instead of one boy two boys are employed. JIWWD wo p. ^33) Interesting is also the phrase D13 nt? nwirni r6y3 own ^y D^IODH cf. above, 29 f. TEXT 8. In this text we have divination through the various formations of the oil when poured on water. Most striking parallels to this text are to be found in the BABYLONIAN OIL MAGIC 40 two Old Babylonian texts published by Hunger in his Bechencahrsagung (pp.

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