Category Archives: Halloween

Beware of White Cats!

If you think I meant black cats in the title, you’re wrong. While popular Western culture has vilified black cats as evil omens associated with witchcraft, this is not the case in all societies. I was reading some omen texts … Continue reading

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Witches in the Hebrew Bible

[This was originally posted October 31, 2005] This last week I was copying an article in the Festschrift for John F.A. Sawyer (Words Remembered, Texts Renewed, JSOT 195, Sheffield 1995), and came across an interesting chapter on witches in the … Continue reading

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