by Rebecca Gove, M.A.T.
As All Hallow’s Eve quickly approaches, it is easy to mistake the ghouls and goblins that are associated with this holiday as a purely innocent and imaginary spectacle; however, it was not nearly as harmless or intangible to the cultures of the ancient Near East as it is to modern Western society. In fact, the Hebrew Bible is filled with instances of divination, magic, and witchcraft that were taken very seriously by the ancient Semitic world. Jean-Michael de Tarragon examines this supernatural phenomenon in his article entitled “Witchcraft, Magic, and Divination in Canaan and Ancient Israel,” a fascinating and enlightening look at the paranormal in the Old Testament. Not only does he demonstrate his points with remarkable examples from the text, but he also truly captures the importance of the supernatural in the eyes of ancient civilizations and religions. Continue Reading