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Irving Finkel, PhD, is Senior Assistant Keeper of ancient Mesopotamian script, languages, and cultures at the British Museum. He is the curator in charge of cuneiform inscriptions on tablets of clay from ancient Mesopotamia, of which the Middle East Department has the largest collection of any modern museum. He is author of several books, including, The First Ghosts: Most Ancient of Legacies, The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood, The Lewis of Chessman and What Happened to Them, and The Last Resort Library. The British Museum website is

Irving Finkel shares the magical literature found in ancient Mesopotamia on tablets of clay with cuneiform writing in 2,500 B.C. that brings to life how the Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians operated with primarily benevolent forces to nullify evil, drive out demons and ghosts, and navigate witches and wizards.

00:00:00 Introduction

00:02:12 Gods and the exorcist

00:11:35 Healing doctor

00:18:40 Evil magic

00:29:31 Fortune-telling

00:41:18 Divination

00:52:25 Magic words

01:01:13 Witchcraft

01:14:22 Dreams

01:19:19 Conclusion

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Published on April 10, 2024


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