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American Academy for Jewish Research Hears Report on ‘sefer Ha-razim’

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The story of the finding and reconstruction of an ancient Jewish mysterious manuscript on magic was presented today at the 37th annual meeting here of the American Academy for Jewish Research.

The report was given by Dr. Mordechai Margalioth, Professor of Midrashic and Gaonic Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. The manuscript is Sefer Ha-Razim, Book of Secrets, which was written in the Second Century of the Common Era by members of an unidentified Jewish Gnostic sect. It was lost after the eighth century.

Dr. Margalioth found what he believed to be fragments of the lost book several years ago, finding parts of the document in various cities, the last being Leningrad. He uncovered the fragments there and microfilms were sent to him in this country.

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