Collection ID: 0002 | Metadata type: TEI
Halper 457 Instructions for amulets
TitleInstructions for amulets
Call numberHalper 457
(Philadelphia, United States, University of Pennsylvania, Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Library, Cairo Genizah Collection)
PublisherCenter for Advanced Judaic Studies Library
LanguageHebrew; Official Aramaic (700-300 BCE); Imperial Aramaic (700-300 BCE)
11th century-13th century?
- Recto contains instructions for two amulets, as are specified in the headings: שאלת חלום, for one who requests to see a specific dream; לאהבא, for love. The content of the amulets are mostly simple prayer supplications, but they are to be written and worn. The latter, mostly in Aramaic, is to be written on an egg; Halper: Verso has writing from left to right, the shape of the characters being reversed. It is possible that the letters were smudged on it from another page; but the regularity of the lines, despite the fact that the writing is obliterated, would lead one to assume that the copyist purposely wrote from left to right (see Halper 453). The letters in some cases are tolerably distinct, and there seem to be biblical verses as formulae.
- Condition: nearly complete, damaged, faded; verso is empty?
Extent24.8 X 16.8 cm
- Cairo Genizah Collection (University of Pennsylvania. Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Library).
- Cairo Genizah Collection (Dropsie College. Library).
- Amulets (Judaism) , to 1800 , Early works to 1800
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