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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Witchcraft

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(1 Samuel 15:23 ; 2 Kings 9:22 ; 2 Chronicles 33:6 ; Micah 5:12 ; Nahum 3:4 ; Galatians 5:20 ). In the popular sense of the word no mention is made either of witches or of witchcraft in Scripture.

The "witch of En-dor" (1 Samuel 28 ) was a necromancer, i.e., one who feigned to hold converse with the dead. The damsel with "a spirit of divination" (Acts 16:16 ) was possessed by an evil spirit, or, as the words are literally rendered, "having a spirit, a pithon." The reference is to the heathen god Apollo, who was regarded as the god of prophecy.


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These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

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Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Witchcraft'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ebd/w/witchcraft.html. 1897.

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