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Ancient Christian Magic
By Marvin W. Meyer

Ancient Christian Magic

Coptic Texts of Ritual Power

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Ancient Christian Magic by Marvin W. Meyer

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This thought-provoking collection of magical texts from ancient Egypt shows the exotic rituals, esoteric healing practices, and incantatory and supernatural dimensions that flowered in early Christianity. These remarkable Christian magical texts include curses, spells of protection from "headless powers" and evil spirits, spells invoking thunderous powers, descriptions of fire baptism, and even recipes from a magical "cookbook." Virtually all the texts are by Coptic Christians, and they date from about the 1st-12th centuries of the common era, with the majority from late antiquity. By placing these rarely seen texts in historical context and discussing their significance, the authors explore the place of healing, prayer, miracles, and magic in the early Christian experience, and expand our understanding of Christianity and Gnosticism as a vital folk religion.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691004587
ISBN-10: 0691004587
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 15-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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An English-language book of the library of fourth-century Gnostic manuscripts discovered in Egypt in 1945 which rivaled the Dead Sea Scrolls find in significance.

Gospels of Mary by Marvin W. Meyer Gospels of Mary, Paperback (March 2006)

This unique collection of Gnostic texts concerning Mary Magdalene, now in paperback, reveals the significant role Mary Magdalene played in Jesus's inner circle of disciples.

7 Healing Chakras by Marvin W. Meyer 7 Healing Chakras, Paperback (January 2000)

Both practical and inspirational, "The 7 Healing Chakras" is a voyage of self-discovery and healing that shows how to achieve one's full potential through exercises and meditation. Illustrations.

Gospel of Thomas by Marvin W. Meyer Gospel of Thomas, Hardback (April 1993)

The definitive edition of the Gospel of Thomas, revised, updated, and expanded. This is now the most complete, up to date, accurate, and literary version available."A fresh and lively translation." --Elaine Pagels, author of The Gnostic Gospels and Beyo

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