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Beware the Evil Eye: The Evil Eye in the Bible and the Ancient World: Volume 1: Introduction, Mesopotamia, and Egypt
Elliott, John H.

Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2015 pp. xiv + 210. $25.00


Description: In the "Sermon on the Mount," Jesus of Nazareth makes reference to one of the oldest beliefs in the ancient world--the malignity of an Evil Eye. The Holy Scriptures in their original languages contain no less than twenty-four references to the Evil Eye, although this is obscured by most modern Bible translations. John H. Elliott's Beware the Evil Eye describes this belief and associated practices, its history, its voluminous appearances in ancient cultures, and the extensive research devoted to it over the centuries in order to unravel this enigma for readers who have never heard of the Evil Eye and its presence in the Bible.

Subjects: Ancient Near East, Mesopotamian Literature, Egyptian Literature, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Nicole L. Tilford
Published 2/16/2017
Citation: Nicole L. Tilford, review of John H. Elliott, Beware the Evil Eye: The Evil Eye in the Bible and the Ancient World: Volume 1: Introduction, Mesopotamia, and Egypt, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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