BAR 36:05, Sep/Oct 2010
ReViews: Repelling the Evil Eye
Angels and Demons: Jewish Magic Through the Ages
Edited by Filip Vukosavovic
(Jerusalem: Bible Lands Museum, 2010), 192 pp., $39 (soft cover)
Here is a brief quiz for BAR readers:
(1) What are the two most ancient copies of a Biblical text?
(2) What is the largest body of inscriptions documenting ancient Judaism?
Most BAR readers will know the answer to the first question: The two small strips of silver from Ketef Hinnom containing portions of the Priestly Blessing from Numbers 6:24–26. Fewer people, however, may realize these small silver strips were most probably magical amulets.a (Like many ancient amulets, they were found at a gravesite.)