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Deliver Me From Evil

Mesopotamian incantations 2500-1500 BC

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pp. VIII-204, Roma
data stampa: 2007
codice isbn: 978887653608

This study analyses five aspects of the approximately 450 published Mesopotamian Incantations dating to the period from 2500 to 1500 BC: the incantations' development during this perios; their functions and particular type of suffering, illness; the verbal techniques they use to request or represent helpful divine intervention towards those ends; their accompanying ritual; the information they provide about the ultimate cause of such suffering, that is harmful divine intervention. The work ends by summarising this analysis and arguing that it fails to support the conventional classification of the incantations as magical rather than religious.

Indice:

Acknowledgements 

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Incantations in the pre-Sargonic period

Provenance
References related to temples
References related to priests
Deities invoked
Functions 
Helpful divine intervention 
Formulae of analogy
Accompanying ritual
Harmful divine intervention 
Catalogue of Sumerian incantations
Catalogue of Semitic incantations

Chapter 3 The nature of divine intervention in pre-Sargonic royal inscriptions

Motivated helpful divine intervention
Motivated harmful divine intervention 

Chapter 4 Incantations in the Sargonic period 

Provenance 
Functions
Opening formula, closing formula and subscripts
Deities invoked
Helpful divine intervention
Formulae of analogy
Accompanying ritual
Harmful divine intervention 
Catalogue of Sumerian incantations
Catalogue of Akkadian incantations

Chapter 5 Incantations in the neo-Sumerian period 

Provenance
References related to priests
Opening formula, closing formula and subscripts 
Functions
Deities invoked
Helpful divine intervention
Formulae of analogy
Accompanying ritual
Harmful divine intervention 
Catalogue of Sumerian incantations
Catalogue of Akkadian incantations

Chapter 6 Incantations in the Old Babylonian period

Provenance
Functions
Deities invoked
Helpful divine intervention
Formulae of analogy
Accompanying ritual
Harmful divine intervention
Catalogue of Sumerian incantations
Catalogue of partly or wholly bilingual incantations
Catalogue of Akkadian incantations 
Catalogue of incantations partly or wholly in other languages 

Chapter 7 Conclusion

Period, language and provenance of the incantations
Functions  
Helpful divine intervention
Accompanying ritual
Harmful divine intervention
In favour of a classification of the incantations as religious
Appendix
Abbreviations
Concordance
Bibliography

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