Aramaic Incantation Bowl: Shema


Aramaic Incantation Bowl: Shema

An ancient Jewish-Babylonian-Aramaic incantation bowl with an outward spiraling text inscription in thirteen lines mentioning Azoy, daughter of Marganita, including the Shema.

Ca. 6th - 7th century AD.
Diameter: 7 1/4 in. (18.5 cm).

1 The ange[ls that] come before Samis - they are clothed with fire
2 and [they] are coverd with fire, a flame of fire comes forth from their mouths
3 He has extended upon you, evil companion spirit, a fate of blood and killing and destruction. As in destructions
4 of blood and rage he wages battle against the demons and undertakes slaughter among the impure amulet spirits. From destructions of
5 fire and from axes of fire, a flame that blazes, the knees of the heroes broke (and) the throne of the gods was overturned,
6 a warden was set over you, the seashore flooded you, mountains and valleys raged against you, prison doors opened for you,
7 in order to expel you, to make you vanish, to anathematize you, to ban you ( and) to make you go out of the bedroom area of Azoy daughter of
8 Marganita. If you do not leave and if you do go out and if you do not become frightened and if you do not fear and if you do not go to the mountains that are high and the valleys
9 that tremble, I shall put you in chains of iron and in shackles of bronze. I have made you swear by your father, whose name is Pall)as, and your mother, the lilith Pall)adad,
10 that you leave and go out from Azoy daughter of Marganita. Hear, 0 Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.1 I have bound, expelled (and) made disappear (lit. hidden) in your name ky 'wrw 'yl' 'yklw 'yklw 'yl'
11 'tkyl 'pylt. All the devs are bound and the mevakkaltas are hurled down. Bound is the dev who haunts (lit. of) Azarmidukh daughter of Marganita and I have hurled down from her the mevakkalta. I have bound them, and I have tied them up, and I have hurled them down,
12 and I have cast them into a pit of pitch, a place where their eyes do not see light. ... and the mevakkaltas fell into nooses. The lilith is bound! The mevakkalta is bound! The demon is bound!
13 The dev is bound! Danal)is is bound! Ronay is bound! Zakya is bound! The idol-spirit is Bound!

Formerly in an American private collection, 1980's, translated by Dr. James Nathan Ford, Bar-Ilan University, Tel-Aviv.

Inv#: 6666


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