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Beware the Evil Eye: The Evil Eye in the Bible and the Ancient World: Volume 2: Greece and Rome
Elliott, John H.

Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2016 pp. xxxvi + 334. $41.00


Description: In the present volume, Elliott addresses the most extensive sources of Evil Eye belief in antiquity--the cultures of Greece and Rome. In this period, features of the belief found in Mesopotamian and Egyptian sources are expanded to the point where an "Evil Eye belief complex" becomes apparent. This complex of features associated with the Evil Eye--human eye as key organ of information, eye as active not passive, eye as channel of emotion and dispositions, especially envy, arising in the heart, possessors, victims, defensive strategies, and amulets--is essential to an understanding of the literary references to the Evil Eye. This volume, along with chapter 2 of volume 1, sets and illuminates the context for examining Evil Eye belief and practice in the Bible and the biblical communities (the focus of volume 3).

Subjects: Greco-Roman Literature, Early Christian Literature, Other Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Religions

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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 2: Greece and Rome, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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