The Solomon Key

If you’re going to Jerusalem, make sure to see …

further in the city are twin pools, with five porticoes, which are called Bethsaida. There persons who have been sick for many years are cured; the pools contain water which is red when it is disturbed. There is also here a crypt, in which Solomon used to torture demons.

Solomon, the wise Jewish king of old. Solomon, a great demon slayer. Egeria saw in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre a seal-ring of Solomon and jars where he used to shut up the demons.

Demons were everywhere and had been for a while.

One, maybe two centuries before, someone wrote the┬áTestament of Solomon, a catalog of the great King’s dealings with demons, great and small.

Over two centuries before, Josephus called them spirits of the wicked which enter into men that are alive and kill them but they could be driven out. Those who took up the fight commanded respect for they followed in the great Solomon’s footsteps …

God also enabled him (Solomon) to learn that skill which expels demons, which is a science useful and sanative to men. He composed such incantations also by which distempers are alleviated. And he left behind him the manner of using exorcisms, by which they drive away demons, so that they never return.

By following Solomon, a contemporary demon-fighter impressed the emperor …

this method of cure is of great force unto this day; for I have seen a certain man of my own country, whose name was Eleazar, releasing people that were demoniacal in the presence of Vespasian, and his sons, and his captains, and the whole multitude of his soldiers. … He put a ring that had a Foot of one of those sorts mentioned by Solomon to the nostrils of the demoniac, after which he drew out the demon through his nostrils; and when the man fell down immediately, he abjured him to return into him no more, making still mention of Solomon, and reciting the incantations which he composed.

Earlier, in that same century, another renowned fighter was taken to task for his good works. But in his defense, he failed to invoke Solomon. Instead, Jesus claimed to be one of many …

If I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your Sons cast them out?

And the ancient Jewish Scriptures, in their definitive accounts of Solomon, also overlooked these skills.

Like all great men, Solomon grew even greater with time. It is great, he was great, therefore …

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