Scriptural "incipits" on amulets from late antique Egypt : text, typology, and theory (Book, 2014) [WorldCat.org]
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Scriptural "incipits" on amulets from late antique Egypt : text, typology, and theory

Author: Joseph E Sanzo
Publisher: Tübingen : M. Siebeck, 2014
Series: Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum = Studies and texts in Antiquity and Christianity, 84.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The use of biblical and parabiblical texts on amulets and other apotropaic objects was ubiquitous in late antique Egypt. Among the passages most frequently cited were the opening lines (incipits) of the Gospels, the Psalms, and other scriptural texts. Scholars have repeatedly observed the apotropaic use of such incipits, but have yet to subject them to thorough and focused analysis. In the present volume, Joseph E.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Quotations
[Thèses et écrits académiques]
Citations
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph E Sanzo
ISBN: 9783161529658 3161529650
OCLC Number: 1040834506
Notes: Doctoral thesis, 2012, University of California, Los Angeles.
Description: 219 p.
Contents: Introduction --
Section 1: A typology of scriptural incipits. On the relation pars pro toto ; The use of scripture on amulets: relevance and the power of precedent --
Section 2: A collection of scriptural incipits. Potential incipits of multiunit corpora ; Potential incipits of single-unit texts ; Identifying an incipit --
Section 3: A theory of scriptural incipits. A theory of incipits of multiunit corpora and single-unit texts --
Conclusions.
Series Title: Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum = Studies and texts in Antiquity and Christianity, 84.
Responsibility: Joseph E. Sanzo.

Abstract:

"The use of biblical and parabiblical texts on amulets and other apotropaic objects was ubiquitous in late antique Egypt. Among the passages most frequently cited were the opening lines (incipits) of the Gospels, the Psalms, and other scriptural texts. Scholars have repeatedly observed the apotropaic use of such incipits, but have yet to subject them to thorough and focused analysis. In the present volume, Joseph E. Sanzo addresses this scholarly need by offering the first sustained study of the scriptural incipits on Greek and Coptic amulets and other apotropaic objects from late antique Egypt. In addition to providing a catalog and edition of these texts, the author draws on insights from cognitive linguistics, ritual studies, and the history of the book to establish a typology of the incipits and to determine their ritual functions."--

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