The Concepts of the Divine in the Greek Magical Papyri 978-3-16-154018-9 - Mohr Siebeck

Eleni Pachoumi

The Concepts of the Divine in the Greek Magical Papyri

[Der Begriff des Göttlichen in den griechischen Zauberpapyri.]

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How do philosophical, religious and mystical assimilations affect the concepts of the divine in the Greek magical papyri? Eleni Pachoumi examines in detail the manifold concepts of the divine and, through a careful analysis of the ritual practices and spells, uncovers the underlying parallelisms and influences.
Eleni Pachoumi looks at the concepts of the divine in the Greek magical papyri by way of a careful and detailed analysis of ritual practices and spells. Her aim is to uncover the underlying religious, philosophical and mystical parallelisms and influences on the Greek magical papyri. The author starts by examining the religious and philosophical concept of the personal daimon and the union of the individual with his personal daimon through the magico-theurgic ritual of systasis. She then goes on to analyze the religious concept of paredros as the divine »assistant« and the various relationships between paredros, the divine and the individual. To round off, she studies the concept of the divine through the manifold religious and philosophical assimilations mainly between Greek, Egyptian, Hellenized gods and divine abstract concepts of Jewish origins.

Eleni Pachoumi Studied Classical Studies; 2007 PhD; worked as a Lecturer of Classical Philology at the University of Thessaly, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the University of Patras; Research Fellow at North-West University; currently Lecturer at the Open University in Greece and Academic Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford.


The following reviews are known:

In: New Testament Abstracts — 61 (2017), S. 375–376
In: Review of Biblical Literature — (10/2018) (Pieter W. van der Horst)
In: — (Paul Linjamaa)
In: Bryn Mawr Classical Review — (Radcliffe G. Edmonds III)
In: Journal of Hellenic Studies — 138 (2018), pp. 300–301 (Flor Herrero Valdes)
In: Rivista Koinonia — 42 (2018), S. 693–696 (Lucia Maddalena Tissi)