On the Shelf – The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses, Part 1

Apparently I can’t leave the keyboard unattended for two minutes around here – but no matter!  I’ve assembled some notes on the new Petersen edition of the Sixth and Seventh Books of MosesBefore I dive in, though, I think it’s important to discuss the book and its history first.

Many Biblical patriarchs have had books of magic attributed to them, and Moses is no exception.  The magical papyri found in Egypt – best known to Papers readers from its vampire-summoning love spell – reference both the Eighth and Tenth Books of Moses, showing that the leader of the Hebrews in the wilderness had developed quite a reputation outside of conventional religious interpretation.  Nonetheless, there’s a large gap in the record until the eighteenth century in which no books primarily attributed to Moses can be located.

 

In the eighteenth century – exactly when, we’ll be examining later – another book attributed to Moses appeared for the first time in Germany.  In 1849, it gained notoriety when published by Johann Scheible, the Stuttgart publisher known for his works of Faustian literature called Das Kloster.  Scheible’s edition was actually an assembly of a number of different texts under the name that were circulating at the time, plus some other short treatises on magic.  The Sixth and Seventh Books themselves, of which Scheible gives a few different versions, largely consist of amulets accompanied by conjurations intended to summon spirits.  On top of this Scheible inserted an (uncredited) chapter on “The Magic of the Israelites” taken from Joseph Ennemoser’s Geschichte der Magie, a traditional spirit conjuration of seven demons called the Magical Spirit-Commando, a collection of magical phrases called the Semiphoras and Shemhamphorash, and a translated Hebrew treatise on reciting the psalms for different purposes.  It is in this form that the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses came down to us.

 

Scheible’s book came to the United States, where it was translated into English and printed and reprinted in increasingly corrupt editions.  Circulating first among the German immigrants of eastern Pennsylvania, it later moved outward to become a staple of folk magic in many different regions and an integral part of the African-American conjure tradition.  From there, especially through the influence of the Chicago publisher L. W. de Laurence, it gained international acclaim, with reports of its influence coming in from Ghana, India, and Jamaica.  With it came a tradition of folklore that connected it with powerful individuals who used its power for good or evil.  According to some, even reading the book or looking at a page could cause a person to become bewitched.

 

So, what does Peterson’s book bring to the table?  Will we find out, or will I fall victim to an awful fate?  We’ll see.

 

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  1. A little while ago I discovered that google books, in co-op with the University of Michigan, placed scans of the entire 12 vol. of Das Kloster, Horst’s “Zauber – Biblioteck” as well as a first or at least early edition of the english translation of the 6th and 7th books online. As far as the Scheible and Horst go, it’s not too exciting unless you read German and can tolerate that god-awful gothic german typface that German printers held on to for far too long, but it’s still interesting none the less. Especially since such a large part of my formative years was spent searching for copies of Das Kloster for some strange reason or another. As per the Peterson 6th and 7th, is it just me, or it the table of contents a little screwy? And Dan, if you fall victim to an awful fate, rest assured that a lot of us will probably be right behind you 😉

  2. […] the Shelf – The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses, Part 2 Now that we know something about the history of the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses, the question becomes what Peterson’s edition brings […]

  3. “little while ago I discovered that google books, in co-op with the University of Michigan, placed scans of the entire 12 vol. of Das Kloster, Horst’s “Zauber – Biblioteck” as well as a first ”

    Greetings got the exact links can’t seem to find it

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  5. It was interesting, why we kept with this script because it was our script and if you look into early british texts you will find that script their too. It is called gothic.
    I have shelves full of books and the script is as easy to read as Latin letters.
    But I have one question. Would you be so kind to give me the website adress where you found the Scheible editions? I searched for them in Germany, but could not find them. I am handicapped, walking, and so have not so many possibilities. And as I am also old, I have sometimes difficulties to find what I look for at the computer. I taught myself to use it when I was 60, so I am not so good at it.
    Thank you
    Guinevra

  6. Greetings Guinevra
    Found 7 of them at Google did’t find the rest .
    http://books.google.com/books?q=editions:075ivyDjQC7LNw6MgP&id=K2M5AAAAMAAJ&source=gbs_other_versions_sidebar_s&cad=4

    Nebo

  7. This information is take from JHP’s site: http://esotericarchives.com/moses/67moses.htm, read the first couple paragraphs.

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  9. Oh, that’s funny! Especially when you can buy paperback versions of this, and the so-called 8th & 9th Books of Moses commonly in Jamacia. That, and the Book of Enoch seem to be taken as “lost books” of the Bible by the local Rastafarians and Root Doctors.

    • i will need the original 8/9th book of Moses. i will also like to know how to make payments.i will want it delivered by DHL IN wuse2, ABUJA.And i will be called to come for it with my ID CARD.
      my call line is +234(0)-8052256200 OR +234(0)-67290108.
      thanks.

  10. My name is Nana yaw from Ghana I would like a copy of the 6th and 7th book of Moses

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  12. i wiil like to get a copy of sixth and seventh book of moses, up till now i never know what is talk about what is content contain but i thing if i get a copy and read i will understand it better than one i do now.

  13. I’m Konc Bens from Ghana and i will like to receive a copy of the guide to use the 6th and 7th books of Moses.

  14. my name is olawale please who can help me for the seal of the secret to solomon wealth on how to discover tresaure buried in the earth by king david and gold and diamond buried in the redsea

  15. The study of the art of magic should not be aimed at getting rich. Self centredness is one of the ills which pushed the great ones to hide and bury what it took them a life to study and get. We need to copy these great souls in all and in God’s given time, if it be his will, the earth will open to us and we shall discover real wealth. Ekobo njoh moses.

  16. hello there, i have reading the six and seven books Moses for a long time now but i`v not come across guard line i mean the rules and regulations, and also on how one can use it. i will be happy if i read from you based on the answer. thank you.
    Chris

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  19. I want to read this book, so am asking of which means can i have them, i live in Freetown Sierra Leone

  20. I bought this books in england 6,7,and 8,9,10 books of mose , and when i arive in St lucia it was taken from me at customs. but think the custom oficer wanted it for him self .I started to read some it and fine it very useful .I would like to study those book to elevate the standed of my life

  21. Please, how can i get your contact…. I need a copy of the six and seven books of moses and also a book of the psalms and its uses and also incense and also the medals too please how can i get it

    • write me and i will see how best i can be of help

      • please i want a copy of sixth and seventh book of moses also the book of psalms and its uses. please how can i get them

  22. 13-08-2012- i want to get the copy of 6-7-8-9 -books of moses i want to read it and the condition of the books

  23. i’m from liberia i will like to used the six and sevent book of mose

    • if i may ask, why do you need the book?

  24. I will like to read the seventh book of moses…can any-one help me to send it through my email adress.

    • you can only make use of it one on one my friend

  25. how can i get the original copy of the sixth,seventh,eight and nineth book of Moses

    • i am in Ghana and i want the original copy of the six, seventh, eight, and nineth book of Moses

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  26. Am Segun George, a Nigerian who lives in Lagos. basically, my spiritual growth is very essential and important to me, therefore it will be a great pleasure i could find out the cost and the supply of the sixth and seventh books of moses.My contact are +2348082820840. I will prefer it be sent by DHL and will be collected by my ID card. please i need thi very book in order to help myself and others as well.

    • well i got your massage late, but i can help you to get it if you still need it,you can write me on email.

  27. can i used a The sixth and seven books of moses photocopy to conjure spirits or used.

    • No you cant

  28. Please i need help to save myself and family from poverty and difficulties and could you send me texts of books on my email as guides and the uses.

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  32. please i got the book of moses but dont know how to conjure or use it perfectly. i need ur help
    thanks

  33. pls i ll like to get a copy of”JOHANN SCHEIBLE’S” published book about the ”6th and 7th book of moses”

    • well i got your massage late, but i can help you to get it if you still need it

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    • u say u re what? a pastor?…. hmm, my dear God is not a magician…. dnt be decieved. Repent nd be saved. Jesus Loves You…

  36. need copy of this book and information on how to get it

  37. How can i get these delivered to me in nigeria…not only it can be the catalogu de laurence books

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  39. Please someone advice me,is there any pre information or does and don’t before reading the 6 and 7 books of moses.Is there any guild line for reading 6 and 7 books of moses.

  40. how can I get the book of uses of psalm and its keys.

    • If you need a copy of 6th & 7th books of that includes the use of psalms, go to c & c spiritual shop at no. 21 & 22A wire rd. Benin city, Edo state. & If you really want to learn how to use it, then call me on 07039712950.

  41. If you wish to learn how to use magick seals and psalms in 6th & 7th books of moses, call me on 07039712950.

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  44. I really need the seven books of Moses

  45. please i want a copy of sixth and seventh book of moses also the book of psalms and its uses. please how can i get them.
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  46. ps i need the six nd seven book of moses

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