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...e regarded as either intensely religious or mad – Scull highlights that the Hebrew for “to behave like a prophet” can also be represented as “to rave” or “to act like one beside himself”. In the New Testament, madness is perceived as a battle over an individual’s soul by the Holy Ghost and the Devil, resulting in mental disturbances such as despair, anguish, hysteria and melancholy– Westerink argues that it was in this Testament that the devil became “a cunning seducer in disguise”, a character which divided and estranged the follower from God, inciting feelings of godlessness and causing despair, sadness and melancholy. Jesus Christ is also regularly depicted in casting out demons – seven times in the case of Mary Magdalene. Porter highlights that “unclean spirits” were to be treated by spiritual means, such as in masses, exorcism, pilgrimage and reading the Bible.
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