SPECIAL TOPIC: DIVINER

This participle (BDB 890, KB 1116, Qal participle) means "one trying to know and control the future." Several different methods were used.

1. casting lots

2. consulting idols

3. examining sheep livers

4. necromancy

5. cloud reading

6. flight and perching of birds

Some typical texts are Num. 22:7; 23:23; Deut. 18:10,14; Jos. 13:22; 1 Sam. 6:5; 15:23; 28:8; 2 Kgs. 17:17; Isa. 2:6; 3:2; 44:25; Jer. 14:14; 27:9; 29:8; Ezek. 12:24; 13:6,7,9,23; 21:21,22,23,29; 22:28.

 

It is based on the pagan worldview that there

1. are spiritual beings active in this world who affect persons and events.

2. is information about the future hidden in natural events and that gifted humans (i.e., diviners, mediums, spiritists, false prophets, e.g., Jer. 14:13-16; 27:9; 29:8; Ezek. 13:6,9,23; 22:28) can know and influence this future.

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