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Beware of White Cats!

31st October 2007

cat_shaved_sm.jpgIf you think I meant black cats in the title, you’re wrong.

While popular Western culture has vilified black cats as evil omens associated with witchcraft, this is not the case in all societies. I was reading some omen texts from ancient Mesopotamia and came across this reference to cats:

If a white cat is seen in a man’s house — (for) that land hardship will seize it.
If a black cat is seen in a man’s house — that land will experience good fortune.
If a red cat is seen in a man’s house — that land will be rich.
If a multicolored cat is seen in a man’s house — that land will not prosper.
If a yellow cat is seen in a man’s house — that land will have a year of good fortune.
(CT 39 48:5-9 from William W. Hallo and K. Lawson Younger, The Context of Scripture [Leiden; New York: Brill, 1997], 424).

It seems to me that white and multicolored cats are the ones to watch out for!

You may also want to see my previous Halloween post on Witches in the Hebrew Bible.

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Biblical Studies Carnival XXII online at SansBlogue

1st October 2007

Tim Bulkeley, the blogger from the bottom of the world (New Zealand — must be nice to have a real rugby team), has uploaded Biblical Studies Carnival XXII over at his blog SansBlogue. Tim has done a great job highlighting academic biblical studies in the blogosphere for the month of September 2007.

The next Biblical Studies Carnival will be hosted by the prolific and always interesting John Hobbins over at his Ancient Hebrew Poetry blog in the first week of November 2007. Make sure to regularly nominate posts you read around the blogosphere this month.

For more information, please consult the Biblical Studies Carnival Homepage.

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