A Witches Bible: The Complete Witches Handbook by Janet FarrarA Witches Bible is one of the first books I obtained on the Craft. Written by Gardnerian Craft authorities, Janet and Stewart Farrar, it encapsulates much of what the Farrars wrote in previous books, Eight Sabbats for Witches and The Witches Way. It is a very good overview and outline of how formal covens work, the structure behind them and a basic framework for these Rites within Gardnerian Wicca are included. When I was in a formal tradition, this book was one we referred to often. There are those who feel strongly that this information should not be available to the general public, but this book alone can help those interested in this Path in completely avoiding the mass produced, watered down dreck that passes for mainstream witchcraft books.
One caveat I would add that in spite of much erroneous information on the web, this book is still, however about Wicca. And although many Wiccans consider themselves to be Witches, not all Witches will apply the word Wicca and divorce themselves entirely from the modern Wicca label. Traditional, ancient Witchcraft, as praticed in pre-Christian Europe is never to be confused with the religion that Gerald Gardener created just prior to WWII and thankfully the Farrars are smart enough to avoid that sort of disingenuous representation in this book.
Why Does God Hate Psychics And Mediums?
Witchcraft and divination in the Hebrew Bible
What does the Bible say about? They shall be stoned with stones; their blood shall be upon them. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death. For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord , he has also rejected you from being king.
Various forms of witchcraft and divination are mentioned in the Hebrew Bible Tanakh or Old Testament , generally but not always in a disapproving tone. The Torah assigns the death penalty to practitioners of certain forms of witchcraft and divination ; the Holiness Code of Leviticus ascribes the death penalty for two of the three necromantic practices, namely Ba'al ob and Yidde'oni ,  while the Covenant Code of Exodus ascribes it for kashaph. According to Ann Jeffers, necromancy was practiced throughout Israel's history, as evidenced by the presence of laws forbidding it. Many of these condemnations come from Deuteronomy which is the only part of the Hebrew Bible referring to legal precepts which portrays these forms of divination as of foreign origin. Leviticus makes no such claim. The exact difference between the three forbidden forms of necromancy is a matter of uncertainty; yidde'oni is always used together with ob ,  and its semantic similarity to doresh el ha-metim raises the question of why all three are mentioned in the same verse of Deuteronomy.
The King James Version KJV of Exod , "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live, " has been used by some contemporary ordinary Akan Christians in Ghana to justify praying for the death and destruction of witches and wizards. Instructions such as "Pray for the death of any witch in your family or business; pray that Holy Ghost fire will consume any witch holding your destiny, " have become a common statement at some Akan Christian prayer meetings in Ghana.
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