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

By Samuel Daiches

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It reads almost like a paragraph from the Old Babylonian oil-divination texts translated into Hebrew. TEXT 9. In this text we have another form of divination by means of oil. The result depended upon whether the face could or could not be seen in the oil. Honey (1. ) 3 also played a role in see also above, p. 34. , passim ; LATER JEWISH TEXTS TEXT we have In this text 41 10. the same mode of divination as in the previous text. TEXT We Lines 1-2. ii. find that oil mixed with water was among the Jews in Babylonia about 1000 c.

This line is interesting, as it shows that magical power was only in the anointed place. LATEE JEWISH TEXTS TEXT Lines Lines 5-6. 4. See above, note on no. 4, 7, 14. Cf. 39 2, King, Babylonian Magic, 1. 4. 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.

P. 204, no. 88, p. 212, no. 97, 1. ; and thus see that the Babylonian usurtu i>uy. , was called i>ay, 'the circle-maker', after the circle which he used to make and in the midst of which he used to stand when he adjured God to grant his request and to cause rain to fall. Honi's actions showed a curious blend of pure monotheistic belief and faith in That the 'circle' ceremony we also see the efficacy of magic (see also Blau,Z)as altjildische Zauberwesen, p. 33). Lines 2-3. D^3X D^n'i 1 four smooth stones'.

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