WITCHES in Roman times visited crucifixion sites to harvest nails and body parts for spells they cast.
Novelists and historians living in the first century both confirm it.
I write a bit about that in my book Eyewitness to Crucifixion, coming in February. You get a sneak peek at the first chapter by going here: Eyewitness to Crucifixion.
This is a short sidebar about the witching of crucifixion, from page 84.
Gnawing flesh off crucifixion nails
Roman poet Marcus Annaeus Lucanus (AD 39–65) penned a grizzly scene about a witch
from Thessalonica, a city in what is now Greece, scavenging for supplies she could use in
casting her spells.
Corpses lie in stone tombs that absorb the body’s moisture,
with its filth inside the intestines, and all juices of the bone marrow.
Then is when the witch swoops down like a starving vulture attacking
She buries her hands in the eye sockets, scooping out the dry balls.
From the crucified corpse she gnaws free the nails still stuck into the
She chews free the deadly ropes and knots that were used to help hang the
She scrapes the crosses clean, taking everything human.
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That’s an excerpt from Eyewitness to Crucifixion: The Romans, the Cross, and the Sacrifice of Jesus, Our Daily Bread Publishing, coming in February 2020.
That excerpt doesn’t say much for witches of the day, does it?
I think we tend to forget witches were real to the people of Bible times. And they were scary.
Just in time for Halloween!
“Our Daily Bread” Publishing…..great ministry. Wow!