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Rare Magic Inscription on Human Skull
Biblical Archaeology Review 35:02 ^ | Mar/Apr 2009 | Dan Levene

Posted on 03/01/2009 5:44:01 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Only five skulls inscribed with Jewish Aramaic magic incantation texts have come to light, none from professional excavations. Like the others before it, this skull, acquired by collector Shlomo Moussaieff, raises more questions than it answers. Its relationship to the more common genre of incantation bowls and its use in a rite of magic seem clear enough. But until more information emerges, basic questions -- how this skull was used, for whom, by whom and for what reason -- remain unanswered. [Ardon Bar Hama] TinyPic
The Moussaieff incantation skull arrived in two earthenware bowls that form a container. The bowls themselves are not inscribed. It appears that the skull and bowls constituted a single ritual object, with the inscribed skull as the magical focal point. [Ardon Bar Hama] "By Means Of A Skull." It is difficult to write on the idiosyncratic surface of a skull; reading a skull inscription can be equally difficult. Like the inscriptions on incantation bowls, the skull text is surrounded by a squiggly line. Although the inscription on the Moussaieff skull is very hard to decipher, one thing is clear: It contains names of people for whom the incantation was made. One of the names, Shilta, is derived from an Aramaic word meaning "after-birth." The skull itself was probably that of a woman. The exact manner in which this skull was used, however, remains a mystery. A contemporaneous source, the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin 65b, offers a possible clue: "There are two kinds of necromancy: the one where the dead is raised by naming him, the other where he is invoked by means of a skull." [Andy Vowles]

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1 posted on 03/01/2009 5:44:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 03/01/2009 5:44:51 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

neat


3 posted on 03/01/2009 5:47:10 PM PST by dware (3 prohibited topics in mixed company: politics, religion and operating systems...)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks. I cancelled my subscription to BA.


4 posted on 03/01/2009 5:51:46 PM PST by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

That had to hurt.


5 posted on 03/01/2009 5:54:15 PM PST by mkmensinger
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To: SunkenCiv

Hairoglyphs???


6 posted on 03/01/2009 5:56:52 PM PST by ForGod'sSake (We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately. - B.Franklin)
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To: ForGod'sSake; The Spirit Of Allegiance
Hairoglyphs???
...and if the dead guy's name was Ken, we could say we read ken...
7 posted on 03/01/2009 6:10:17 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: blam

My pleasure. The article is bigger than those captions shown, but I wanted to use ‘em, and was having a aneurysm trying to get the three images to line up right, so I just said, well, something naughty, and did some resizing, cutting, pasting, and stuff.


8 posted on 03/01/2009 6:12:01 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: mkmensinger

The worst part is, the guy actually had the inscription done *before* he died — talk about taking the concept of tattooing way too far...

;’)


9 posted on 03/01/2009 6:12:58 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

There is article online by a guy who became a 33rd degree Mason and during the banquet they drank wine out of old skulls....the man said two former Presidents were there...hmmmm.


10 posted on 03/01/2009 6:21:19 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: SunkenCiv

Just to place this in context. This was not an authorized Jewish practice, ever. Rather, this was a pagan magical practice that some Jews succumbed to, although the Rabbis tried to quash it — and eventually succeeded in quashing it.

The quotations from the Talmud are not Jewish law. Rather, the Rabbis were simply reporting the kinds of nefarious behaviors that were practiced, but they condemned and tried to stop.


11 posted on 03/01/2009 6:25:32 PM PST by ChicagoHebrew (Hell exists, it is real. It's a quiet green meadow populated entirely by Arab goat herders.)
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To: Kackikat

Hey, as long as there’s no live monkeys and chopsticks involved, I’m cool.


12 posted on 03/01/2009 6:29:48 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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Thanks.


13 posted on 03/01/2009 6:30:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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"Only five skulls inscribed with Jewish Aramaic magic incantation texts have come to light"

Hairoglyphs???


This skulduggery and Skull-and-Bones stuff...

Like everything else...

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14 posted on 03/01/2009 6:31:09 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance; SunkenCiv
Hair today ....gone .......


15 posted on 03/01/2009 6:37:51 PM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

This barely scrapes the surface...


16 posted on 03/01/2009 6:38:17 PM PST by tubebender (99% of Lawyers give the rest a bad name...)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

TRANSLATION: “His mother told him to become a doctor, but did his listen? Nooooo...”


17 posted on 03/01/2009 6:38:45 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("0bama talks, tanking stocks!"--WakeUpAndVote)
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To: SunkenCiv; blam; The Spirit Of Allegiance

Keep this away from the O. He, or his cabal, needs no more tallymans to work his cabala.

This is not a reference to my tagline.


18 posted on 03/01/2009 6:45:44 PM PST by bigheadfred (Negromancer !!! RUN for your lives !!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I think it contains bowling scores.


19 posted on 03/01/2009 6:47:05 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (www.publishedauthors.net/benmaxwell/index.html. Donate to members.tripod.com/tva_israel/HOME.HTM)
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To: tubebender

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20 posted on 03/01/2009 6:49:30 PM PST by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: bigheadfred

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21 posted on 03/01/2009 6:58:17 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance; devolve

It’s CYRILLIC. It says something but you’ll never know what!


22 posted on 03/01/2009 7:02:52 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch

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LOL!

Cyrillic!


23 posted on 03/01/2009 7:15:12 PM PST by devolve (-- It*s not like Hussein is a confessed cokehead --)
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To: SunkenCiv
[Andy Vowles]

Was he able to decipher the other letters?

24 posted on 03/01/2009 7:16:45 PM PST by mikrofon (Paging Joe Konsanantz...)
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To: SunkenCiv

OOOOOKKAAAYYY!


25 posted on 03/01/2009 7:34:11 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: potlatch; SunkenCiv; mikrofon; devolve; ForGod'sSake
It’s CYRILLIC. It says something but you’ll never know what!

I have Sister Rosetta Stone 2.0 (obscure Cheech/Chong reference) and it translates to: Folly Calls. (say it fast). (Apparently Cy was bald.)
26 posted on 03/01/2009 8:24:45 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

Thanks for the ping!


27 posted on 03/01/2009 8:30:04 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance; devolve

Folly Calls, lol plugs Biden might like that!

devolve posted a graphic with cyrillic text on it the other day and I thought he had messed up. He kept telling me it said “change” and I knew it sure didn’t look like change, lol.

There was a little lack of clear communication there, snicker.


28 posted on 03/01/2009 8:49:25 PM PST by potlatch
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C H A N G E

29 posted on 03/01/2009 9:24:45 PM PST by devolve (-- It*s not like Hussein is a confessed cokehead --)
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To: devolve
You STINKER!! sneaky, sneaky, you made a 'change' but I won't let you off that easy as I have the proof, lol!

Cyrillic Change

30 posted on 03/01/2009 9:30:13 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch

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LOL!

I gotcha with that one!


31 posted on 03/01/2009 9:33:31 PM PST by devolve (-- It*s not like Hussein is a confessed cokehead --)
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To: devolve

Gotcha back too!


32 posted on 03/01/2009 9:36:05 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch

33 posted on 03/01/2009 9:45:23 PM PST by devolve (-- It*s not like Hussein is a confessed cokehead --)
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To: mikrofon

I consonant any more.


34 posted on 03/02/2009 1:59:09 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Kackikat

;’)


35 posted on 03/02/2009 1:59:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

Maybe not, but it probably has some roots in common.


36 posted on 03/02/2009 2:00:49 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: potlatch

It says, “THis guy is a dork!” and is signed by the barber.


37 posted on 03/05/2009 9:20:51 AM PST by Sensei Ern (http://www.myspace.com/reconcomedy)
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To: Sensei Ern

[It says, “THis guy is a dork!”]

LOL!


38 posted on 03/05/2009 4:51:07 PM PST by potlatch
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