Asfar Maluašia: Mandejská kniha astrologie, lékařství a magie v novém světle

Title: Asfar Maluašia: Mandejská kniha astrologie, lékařství a magie v novém světle
Author: Vinklát, Marek
Source document: Sacra. 2010, vol. 8, iss. 2, pp. 5-17
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    1214-5351 (print)
    2336-4483 (online)
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The Mandaean Asfar Maluašia was compared with other sources of Middle Eastern astrology and divination only in some cases. The old structure of this compilation suggested by Lady Drower is not sufficient for present studies and very important similar texts of Middle East were not mentioned in her translation. The author of this study proposes new structure and he points at the known astrological and divinatory writings with parallels of Asfar Maluašia. He also translates from Mandaic texts which are identified as Mandaean originals and reconstructs the original purpose and meaning of the compilation. Through study of its colophons the author traces the origins of Asfar Maluašia texts to the 17th century and the combination of separate texts to the 18th century. As the comparison proves, some of the contents of the Asfar Maluašia is actually much older and incorporates the Babylonian and Greek traditions – amongst them the Apocalypse of Daniel.
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