Witchcraft [N]

( 1 Samuel 15:23 ; 2 Kings 9:22 ; 2 Chr 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.

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

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[J] indicates this entry was also found in Jack Van Impe's Prophecy Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Witchcraft". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .