Venefica: a simple mistranslation

January 23, 2008 at 9:47 am (Uncategorized)

Venefica is one who practices poisoning as a secret art, or one who has a knowledge and deals in poisons. This was a source of mistranslation by King James in his version of the Bible. The original text referred to venefica (poisoner), and he mistook the term to be the same as malefica (witch), thus confusing a poisoner with a Witch. “Thou shalt not suffer a poisoner to live,” made sense while “Thou shalt not suffer a Witch to live,” did not. The confusion probably came about because Witches did have a knowledge of poisons, as a doctor would have, in order to be able to administer antedotes when necessary.”

Definitions: malefica, venefica (1), (2).

So you can tell how pissed I am about the Salem Witch Trials. A lot of innocent people died due to a mistranslation of book that was not only false, but is severely outdated, even in that time (1380 years old in 1693). What happened was a travesty, one that America will surely not forget. Now, I’m not defending witches, not to say that there are any witches, at least none that are like those portrayed by Hollywood, because I truly do not believe in magic or sorcery or witchcraft, but a simple mistranslation of the Bible can lead so many “good doers” down a very wrong and sadistic path of violence and a sheer will to commit genocide against a so-called inferior race. News to Christians of the 1600s and the present ones: you’re not superior to anyone else, nor will you ever be. Stop taking the Bible literally, stop thinking that everything in the Bible is for the better of humanity. Actually read the Bible, do some studying upon it, learn some history about your own religion. Only then can you truly be defined a Christian in my very honest opinion. Ignorance leads to intolerance, intolerance leads to violence, and violence leads to power hunger.

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