Exorcism, or the casting out of demons, is a topic much maligned by images from movies. The idea of evil spirits, fallen angels, and demons is very ancient and is one of the concepts from the supernatural realm most difficult for moderns to believe in. Even those who accept that the natural and material is not all there is have trouble with the existence of demons. Very few metaphysical ideas sound as impossible as unclean spirits.
Before examining some stories of Yeshua casting demons out of people and healing them, it would be well to consider the Jewish-Biblical view of demonic spirits. It might help to understand if we locate the exorcism stories of Yeshua in the Jewish world and not in the images of Hollywood.
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