Writing Prayers: apotropaic languages at Dead Sea Scrolls
Keywords:Dead Sea Scrolls, Prayers, Apotropaic, Second Temple
The problem of how to protect yourself from harm is a recurrent theme in many historical periods and societies. Jewish apotropaic texts, particularly in the Second Temple period, bring a variety of languages associated with protection. This article delineates the different apotropaic languages described in the Dead Sea Scrolls, focusing on the use of writing as a way of recording and preserving prayers.
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