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by Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis
Derived from the Hebrew verb "know," the name has the sense of one "familiar with" spirits or the dead. Such a person is punishable by death in the Bible. According to the Talmud, it is a medium that places a bone in his mouth and then channels the voice of the dead spirit (Sanh. 65b).

Article copyright 2004 Geoffrey Dennis.

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  • Etymology:
    wizard, medium

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