Biblical Archaeology Review 13:5, September/October 1987

Queries & Comments

Is BAR Losing Its Touch?

The lastest BAR is unique. It seems to contain no cancel-my-subscription! letters. You must be losing your touch!

David R. Hunsberger, Pastor Spring City United Methodist Church Spring City, Pennsylvania

See below.—Ed.

BAR’s Magic Revelations—Have We Gone Too Far?

You have gone too far.

In your May/June 1987 edition you published a book review (The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, Vol. 1, in Books in Brief, BAR 13:03) describing the ancient arts of magic and “The Role of the Magician.” You even went so far as to give detailed information of “Some Magical Formulas and Spells.”

Do you realize what you have done?

Don’t you know the reality of the realm of occultism: magic, charms, spells, curses, etc.?

Perhaps you think it is all primitive superstition.

I can tell you assuredly that this kind of practice is strictly forbidden throughout the Scriptures and is condemned by God.

In Deuteronomy 18:9–12 the whole realm of occultism (magic, spiritism, fortune telling, etc.) is referred to as an abomination to the Lord, and all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord.

Read it! Do you believe this? If so, why did you publish such a thing?

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