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TEXT t Gospel according to Matthew. When Jesus came down from the mountain,- I "Our father [who] is in heaven, may your name be made holy, may ... come" - I "-vii one. " - I •• • is incomparable and . . 5 controlling the [creation .. ]. I (I adjure) you through the arm of the immortal [god and] his I right hand,-[his] disciples came to him and [said], I "Teacher, teach" - "your kingdom-, [your will] be done as in I heaven so also on" - Exorcism of Solomon against every unclean 10 spirit. It is god who gave it, at whose disposal are myriads of myriads I and thousands of thousands of angelsthe demon of midday, the shivers I by night ...

Victor and 50 St. Justus and alII the saints. For your I name, 0 lord god, have I invoked, I the name that is wonderful I and exceedingly glorious and 55 fearful to your I adversaries, Amen. t 17. 219-20 Translator: Marvin Meyer Rainer 5 is an amulet to protect a woman from pain and distress, particularly of the womb or vulva. " TEXT lIn the name of the father] and the son and the holy Ispirit, andl our lady I the all-holy mother of god and ever-virgin Mary, and the most saintly Iforerunner John the Baptist, and the theologian St.

Or every disease and evil occurrence, (depart) from the one who wears this. 222 Translator: Marvin Meyer Cairo 67188 (verso) is a prayer of Dioskoros of Aphrodito (see Preisendanz) for protection against evil spirits. "Yao, Sabao" recalls Yao Sabaoth, and "Brinthao" is similar to a portion of the Harpon46 RI1UAL POWER IN EGYPT Knouphi formula employed in texts of ritual power. Lines 6-16 of the present text (not included here) contain poetic reflections on Greek contests. TEXT [Christ! I adjure) you, 0 lord, almighty, first-begotten, selfbegotten, begotten without semen, I [ .

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