A Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power eds. by Malcolm Choat and Iain Gardner (review)

A Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power eds. by Malcolm Choat and Iain Gardner (review) malcolm choat and iain gardner, eds. A Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power. The Macquarie Papyri 1. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013. Pp xiv 132, xii color plates, CD. While this critical edition with English translation is aimed at specialists in Coptology, papyrology, and late-antique Christianity, it will be of general interest to comparativists because, among other reasons, it adds to the number of examples of ``magical'' texts for use against magic. In this case, the Coptic word translated into English as magic is hik (see spells 17­18). The handbook published here in editio princeps (as P. Macq. I 1) should be dated to the seventh or eighth century CE and may have come from Upper Egypt, according to the editors' judgment of the paleography and dialect. In their edition, they divide the text into three main parts: eleven pages of invocations, one page of ritual instructions with a drawing, and four pages of prescriptions (i.e., spells). The editors argue that the first part was originally composed as a Sethian Gnostic text. This hypothesized original text was mythological in nature but also had practical applications and probably included the ritual instructions of the second part as well. Only later was it http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft University of Pennsylvania Press

A Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power eds. by Malcolm Choat and Iain Gardner (review)

Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, Volume 10 (2) – Feb 5, 2015

Loading next page...
 
/lp/university-of-pennsylvania-press/a-coptic-handbook-of-ritual-power-eds-by-malcolm-choat-and-iain-B3eaN1WOBY
Publisher
University of Pennsylvania Press
Copyright
The University of Pennsylvania Press
ISSN
1940-5111
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

malcolm choat and iain gardner, eds. A Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power. The Macquarie Papyri 1. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013. Pp xiv 132, xii color plates, CD. While this critical edition with English translation is aimed at specialists in Coptology, papyrology, and late-antique Christianity, it will be of general interest to comparativists because, among other reasons, it adds to the number of examples of ``magical'' texts for use against magic. In this case, the Coptic word translated into English as magic is hik (see spells 17­18). The handbook published here in editio princeps (as P. Macq. I 1) should be dated to the seventh or eighth century CE and may have come from Upper Egypt, according to the editors' judgment of the paleography and dialect. In their edition, they divide the text into three main parts: eleven pages of invocations, one page of ritual instructions with a drawing, and four pages of prescriptions (i.e., spells). The editors argue that the first part was originally composed as a Sethian Gnostic text. This hypothesized original text was mythological in nature but also had practical applications and probably included the ritual instructions of the second part as well. Only later was it

Journal

Magic, Ritual, and WitchcraftUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Feb 5, 2015

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$360/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create folders to
organize your research

Export folders, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month

PDF Discount

20% off