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The Sword of Moses (Ḥarba de-Moshe): A New Translation and Introduction

From: Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft
Volume 7, Number 1, Summer 2012
pp. 58-98 | 10.1353/mrw.2012.0008



The author introduces a new translation of "The Sword of Moses," an important ancient magic text which presents an array of of magical practices for accomplishing various goals, all based on the use of a magical "sword" of words, which Moses brought down from heaven. The work is significant because it contains the broadest extant collection of Jewish magical recipes from the first millennium. This introduction discusses the structure, genre, contents, language, and practical context of the Sword.

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