Bewitched: What makes a Jewish sorceress?
In her book ‘Komish Bat Mahlafta,’ Dorit Keidar explores the roles of women and magic in the ancient Middle East.
Who is this Komish Bat Mahlafta?
It is a name, a signature that recurs on incantation bowls.
And what are incantation bowls?
They are protective amulets, which were popular only in the fifth and sixth centuries CE. They are bowl-shaped, and a spiral text was written on the inside, including information such as oaths, appeals to God and quotations. Unlike other...
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