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Jewish Aramaic Texts


Admission requirements


In this course students will be introduced into the vast world of Jewish magic. Aramaic is – together with Hebrew – an important language for the Jewish magical tradition. In addition to general literature on magic and Jewish magic in particular, students will read magical texts from several periods of this long and fascinating tradition. These texts will be read in the original languages, Aramaic and Hebrew.

Course objectives

Following completion of this course, students will be familiar with the background and general outline of the Jewish magical tradition and will be able to use its primary sources.



Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

  • Class: 28 hours

  • Class preparation: 78 hours

  • Preparation of the oral presentation: 54 hours

  • Writing of the paper: 120 hours

  • Total: 280 hours (10 ECTS)

Assessment method

  • Oral presentation: 40%

  • Paper: 60%


Not applicable. Documents will be exchanged through Dropbox.

Reading list

Will be handed out during the first class.


Registration via uSis


Mw. Dr. M.L. Folmer