Monday, October 13, 2014

Virtual Magic Bowl Archive Project relocated

THE VMBA: VIRTUAL MAGIC BOWL ARCHIVE was noted here back in 2011 when it was a project of Southampton University. The old website is still there, but the project is now at Exeter University and there's a new and updated website there (the first link above).
The aim of the VMBA is to provide online resources for those engaged in the study of Aramaic incantation bowls from Sasanian Mesopotamia, perhaps the most important primary source we have for studying the everyday beliefs and practices of the Jewish, Christian, Mandaean, Manichaean, Zoroastrian and Pagan communities on the eve of the Islamic conquests.

While we envisage more features being added over time, the initial resources will focus on some 650 texts that comprise part of the Schøyen Collection, which are currently being prepared for publication by an international team of scholars under the supervision of Professor Shaul Shaked.
Via AWOL. More on Professor Shaked here, here, here, and links.