The Witch of Endor


The Witch of Endor | Grace and Peace Joanne

Probably the main point of the story, and why it was included in King Saul’s narrative, is to show how truly far he had sunken. At one point, King Saul is depicted in a dead faint of hunger, weakness, and terror, with the Witch of Endor stooping over him urging him to get up and eat.

The juxtapositions are striking:

  • The king of all Israel cowering in terror while a lowly subject tries to help him up.
  • Someone who was once anointed by God, who had once prophesied while swept up in the Spirit, now consulting a spiritist in direct transgression against God’s express command.
  • A tall and well-built man, now led by a woman who most likely was not even an Israelite.

Still, on second and third read, intriguing possibilities and perplexing questions arise.

I Spiritism

God requires faith from the people of God.

II Saul’s Downward Spiral

God’s word prevails in every context.

III Spirit of Love

The greatest evidence and power of God is love for people.


Each video is designed to offer background scholarship on the topic, including setting, culture, original language, and archaeology, as well as a theological study.

The “Broken, Searching, Trusted, Powerful” series is a companion to the book, available on Amazon, and published by Wipf and Stock.


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