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Old 10-04-2021, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by dianamadalina
Why does christianity dislike witches?

In much of Christian history there is little room for alternative approaches to the Divine, presumably because such paths make the Christian priest redundant. Even nowadays fundamentalist Christians may denounce such alternative practices as the work of the devil.

But it may all come down to the sentence in Exodus 22:18 - "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live."

For those who believe that the Bible is the literal word of God, then this is a commandment to put any witch to death.

But the above sentence is the translation from the Latin in the King James Version. The original Latin was "Maleficos non patieris vivere." And this too would have been a translation from another language, perhaps Greek, which might have been translated from ancient Hebrew. (I don't know much about the development of the Old Testament over the centuries.)

Anyway, maleficos was translated as witch (or sorceress in other versions), when really it simply means an evil-doer. Perhaps the use of the word witch in the KJV was a reflection of attitudes in the early 17th century. Maleficos was a commonly used term for witches, as in the medieval manuscript Malleus Maleficarum, usually translated as The Hammer of Witches. From an online commentary on Malleus Maleficarum: The Malleus Maleficarum came at a peak point in European witchcraft accusations and executions. It was a foundation for treating witchcraft not as a superstition, but as a dangerous and heretical practice of associating with the Devil — and therefore, a great danger to society and to the church.

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