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Prof. Gideon Bohak

My main research interest in the last few years revolves around the study of the Jewish magical tradition, from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. The main focus of my work is the study of the magical, astrological, divinatory and alchemical fragments from the Cairo Genizah, including the identification, classification, and cataloguing of all relevant fragments, and the publication of the most important ones. I also use the Genizah fragments, non-Genizah medieval manuscripts, the Jewish incantation bowls from Sasanian Babylonia, the metal-plate amulets from Byzantine Palestine, the Hekhalot and Merkabah literature, and the relevant sections of the Dead Sea Scrolls to reconstruct the historical development of the Jewish magical tradition in Antiquity (and see G. Bohak, Ancient Jewish Magic, Cambridge, 2008; id., “Prolegomena to the Study of the Jewish Magical Tradition,” Currents in Biblical Literature 8 (2009), pp. 107-150; id., “The Charaktêres in Ancient and Medieval Jewish Magic,” Acta Classica Universitatis Scientiarum Debreceniensis 47 (2011), pp. 25-44).

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