Besides the biblical five books of Moses (Pentateuch), there are other writings ascribed to Moses (pseudepigraphically no doubt). The so-called Sixth and Seventh books of Moses in particular consists of a collection of texts which purport to explain the magic whereby Moses won the biblical magic contest with the Egyptian priest-magicians, parted the Red Sea, and other miraculous feats. Many manuscripts and printed pamphlet versions had circulated in Germany, when Johann Scheible, undertook to collect the major variants. Scheible, an antiquarian from Stuttgart, published the first edition in German in 1849 as volume 6 of his Bibliothek der Zauber-Geheimniss- und Offenbarungs-Bucher, etc. Subsequent revised and expanded editions were supplemented with excerpts from writings on Jewish folklore and esoterica.
An English translation first appeared in New York in 1880, and has been reprinted more than a few times without as far as I can tell ever being re-edited. The editors of the many English editions seem to have lacked Scheibles industriousness, but have instead been content with propogating any and all errors intact. All the English editions thus far have consequently been deficient in many ways, with poorly executed drawings and Hebrew lettering, drawings printed upside down, mistakes in transcription and translation, passages censured and other substantial omissions. All in all, English speaking readers have had an especially difficult challenge trying to make sense of this book.
In making this corrected edition I have drawn on the original sources, starting with Scheibles own revised and expanded eighth edition. Additionally I have consulted the original sources drawn on by Scheible and his sources, namely the Hebrew Bible, Agrippa De Occulta Philosophia (1533), Sepher Raziel, de Abanos Heptameron, Arbatel Of Magick (1575), the Babylonian Talmud, and other cited authors.
This book has become quite influential in American folk-magic, and has been extensively used by the Pennsylvania Dutch hexmeisters, Hoodoo practitioners, and African-American root workers.
This mystical book includes magic with seals and working with angels and elemental spirits to bring about:
Great treasures of the earth,
Good luck in games of chance,
Overcoming lawsuits and disputes,
Bring about great love,
Make secrets known through dreams,
Assistance in business,
And much, much more!