Power of Classical and Scriptural Witches Essay

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Mónica Rodríguez Pérez 801-09-6274
To what extent does the Classical Tradition agree with the Scriptural Tradition on the powers witches can wield? The two biggest differences we have from the Classical witch and the Christian Ideal featured in their sacred texts, is definitely the connotation that either receives and, the powers they may or may not have. In the first, witches aren’t seen in a negative light; just as they are in the later doctrine (the word Witch was created by the Christian Faith later on.) Before, they were known as oracles, and in some cases, as humans gifted by pagan deities, or the deities themselves (the case with some
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Once there, she is surprised by his presence. After convincing her, she summons the spirit of Samuel, who delivers grim news about his upcoming battle. He also reprimands him for his actions, and dictates that for this, he and his kingdom have fallen from the grace of God. Saul 3 faints. The Witch offers him and his court food, which he accepts. The next day, the battle unravels and the prophecy turns out to be true. The idea that relying on witch craft will only bring destruction is prevalent in this text. Now, what powers she may or may not have is up to interpretation. During the time of witch craze in the 15th Century, this text took on a deeper connotation, other than witches are bad news. Her powers, and whether these were the same as the witches from the Classical Age is a big debate. Here, her powers were discredited as being lies, and snares of Satan. The moment, in which she “resurrects” Samuel, she only wakes his spirit, when the Christian Doctrine clearly states that a resurrection is of body and spirit. Another detail to consider is the fact that the Witch is the only one who can see Samuel’s spirit. This clearly can be made up, seeing how she describes him appearing in a cloak, for example, when kings and such were buried