Demon Possession
Communion with Demons • Communion with Devils • Daemoniac • Demon Possessions • Demoniac • Demoniacs • Demonic Possession
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Demon Possession
Demon, Demon Possession. Demons are fallen angels, divinely created supernatural beings who, under the leadership of Lucifer (Satan), rebelled against God. Demonism is the activity of demons, while demonology is the study of demons and their activity, for the purpose of knowing the tactics of the enemy
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
DEMON-POSSESSION Demonic occupation of a human being. The term “possession” is misleading and is not the best translation for the Greek word daimonizomai, which literally means to be “demonized” and can often best be translated as “to have a demon.” The noun form is “demoniac.”Demons can enter the body
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
DEMON-POSSESSION. Apparent possession by spirits is a world-wide phenomenon. It may be sought deliberately, as by the shaman and witch-doctor among primitive peoples, and by the medium among both primitive and civilized men and women. It may come upon individuals suddenly, as with watchers at the Voodoo
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Demoniacs. This word is frequently used in the New Testament, and applied to persons suffering under the possession of a demon or evil spirit, such possession generally showing itself visibly in bodily disease or mental derangement. It has been maintained by many persons that our Lord and the evangelists,
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
DEMONIAC (Gk. daimonizomai, “to be under the power of a demon,” rendered “demon possessed” or “demoniac”). A term frequently used in the NT of one under the influence of a demon. The verb “to be demonized” occurs, in one form or another, seven times in Matthew, four times in Mark, once in Luke, and once
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Daemoniacone “possessed with a devil.” In the days of our Lord and his apostles, evil spirits, “daemons,” were mysteriously permitted by God to exercise an influence both over the souls and bodies of men, inflicting dumbness (Matt. 9:32), blindness (12:22), epilepsy (Mark 9:17–27), insanity (Matt. 8:28;
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Demon Possession
DEMON POSSESSION — an affliction of persons in the New Testament who were possessed or controlled by demons (Matt. 4:24; 8:33; demoniac, NASB).The New Testament gives graphic descriptions of the effect of demons on people. Some of the diseases which they caused included muteness (Matt. 12:22; Mark 9:17,
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
DEMON; DEMONIAC; DEMONOLOGY<dem’-mon>, <de-mo’-ni-ak>, <de-mon-ol’-o-ji> ([Δαιμόνιον, daimonion], earlier form [δαίμων, daimon] = [πνευ̂μα ἀκάθαρτον, πονηρόν, pneuma akatharton, poneron], “demon,” “unclean or evil spirit,” incorrectly rendered “devil” in the King James Version):
A Catholic Dictionary
possession, demoniacal. A state in which an evil spirit, by God’s permission, inhabits the body of a rational being. The devil is able in this way to torture the body, to deceive the senses by hallucinations, and indirectly, because of the connection between soul and body, to torture the soul, to impair
Dictionary of Theological Terms
DemoniacOne possessed by a demon. Such possession was at times evidenced by dumbness (Matt. 9:32), blindness (Matt. 12:22), or by an epileptic condition (Mark 9:17–27). These conditions were not always or necessarily caused by demon possession. The blind man in John 9 was not blind because of demonism.
Key passages
Mk 1:26

And after convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, the unclean spirit came out of him.

Mk 5:4–5

because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him, and the shackles had been shattered. And no one was strong enough to subdue him. And during every night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was crying out and cutting himself with stones. …

Mk 9:18–20

And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down and he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth and becomes paralyzed. And I told your disciples that they should expel it, and they were not able to do so. And he answered them and said, “O unbelieving generation! How long will I be with you? …

Mk 9:25

Now when Jesus saw that a crowd was running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and enter into him no more!”

Lk 8:30

So Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered into him.