Forthcoming – A Coptic Codex of Ritual Power

Talking to C. J. Henderson a few nights ago, I stated that I haven’t bought too much Mythos material lately, just because grimoires already provide me with an expensive book habit.  Here’s another key example.

From the latest Brepols catalog:

This volume publishes a new Coptic handbook of ritual power, comprising a complete 20 page parchment codex from the second half of the first millennium AD. It consists of an invocation including both Christian and Gnostic elements, ritual instructions, and a list of twenty-seven spells to cure demonic possession, various ailments, the effects of magic, or to bring success in love and business. The codex is not only a substantial new addition to the corpus of magical texts from Egypt, but, in its opening invocation, also provides new evidence for Sethian Gnostic thought in Coptic texts.

Farewell, book budget.

Published in: on April 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Seriously juicy sounding. My book budget has been gone a long time ago…

  2. I saw the presentation of this codex at the SBL conference last year. The link to Sethian gnosticism doesn’t seem that strong,as far as I recall, just some borrowed historiola or names of power. I’m also not to fond of the tendency to divide Christian and Gnostic elements, as if they were separate religions. But the codex should certainly be interesting nonetheless.

  3. how will Iuse the 6&7 for healing?


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