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‘Hippolytus,’ Magic and ‘Heretical’ Miracle Workers : An Examination of Elenchos IV. 28–42 and Related Passages in Light of the Greek Magical Papyri
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology.
2007 (English)In: Zeitschrift für antikes Christentum, ISSN 0949-9571, E-ISSN 1612-961X, Vol. 11, no 3, 517-548 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Scholars of religion and philosophy in late antiquity have long recognized that the Elenchos (Refutatio) commonly attributed to Hippolytus of Rome contains a wealth of source materials that are not preserved elsewhere and, moreover, that these materials enhance or complement other surviving witnesses.  This article offers an investigation of the sources and understanding of magic in Elenchos IV. 28–42.  A comparison of this writing with the Greek Magical Papyri (PGM) reveals a high degree of correspondence between Elenchos IV. 28–42 and numerous details and descriptions in the PGM.  Accordingly, the Elenchos’s primary source materials concerning magic are best understood in light of the PGM and are significant for the light they shed on magical practices in late antiquity.  Against Richard Ganschinietz, who maintains that Hippolytus used one or more intermediate sources for his descriptions of magic, the correspondence between Elenchos IV. 28–42 and the PGM suggests that this Christian author had access to an actual collection of magical spells that he adapted for his own purposes.  The article also examines references elsewhere in the Elenchos to the use of magic by recent and contemporary Christian ‘heretics’ to gain converts.  The final section of the article considers references to magic in remarks attributed to Hippolytus on Daniel and 1 Samuel and in the Apostolic Tradition.

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Berlin: W. de Gruyter , 2007. Vol. 11, no 3, 517-548 p.
Keyword [en]
Hippolytus of Rome, magic, heretics, Greek Magical Papyri
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Religious Studies
Research subject
New Testament Exegesis
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-140642OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-140642DiVA: diva2:384148
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