Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians! Who has actually bewitched you? It was prior to your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly shown as crucified.

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From the interlinear bible I learn that the word is ebaskanen which has a definition to offer an evil eye to. What does this really mean?

Does this have actually any type of relation/link through the eye being evil discussed by Christ in

Matthew 6:22-23 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy entirety body shall be full of light.

23 But if thine eye be evil, thy entirety body shall be complete of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!


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ἐβάσκανεν (ebaskanen) is from the root word βασκαίνω (baskainó) which just occurs in the NT in Gal 3:1. BDAG defines this words as:

to exert an evil influence with the eye, bewitch, as through the "evil eye"

Thus Paul uses a play on words in Gal 3:1 by saying, "who has actually bewitched you through that evil eye? It was before your exceptionally eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly shown as crucified." Both are plainly literary numbers of speech (Jesus was not visibly crucified in Galatia!) Paul appears to talking around silver-tongued orators that have actually lead the Galatians right into legalism - the oppowebsite of Christ" free grace. Or, in the idiom of Paul, who has actors their evil eye on you to lead you astray via such foolishness despite the truth of God"s grace being presented to you.

Ellicott puts it this way:

Bewitched you.--The Greek word for this is probably connected in beginning via the Latin word from which is acquired our very own "fascinate," and the concept significant in both is that which is embopassed away in the famous superstition of the evil eye. This superstition lingers still, especially in some southern nations, such as Italy and also Spain. In Italy it is famous under the names "jettatura," "occhio cattivo." In Spain its presence has actually been graphically shown by a picture of the late J. Phillip, R.A., currently in the museum at Stirling. The metaphor right here is strikingly in harmony via that which adheres to. The cross of Christ has actually been "evidently collection forth" (i.e., posted up in large and also bold characters) before the Galatians, yet some evil fascination (that of their Judaising teachers) has actually drawn ameans their eyes from looking upon it, and also organized them addressed upon another object (legal observances), as baneful as the cross was salutary.

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I check out no prompt link in between the implied "evil eye" of Gal 3:1 and Matt 6:22, 23 as the last is discussing the individual life as unique from false teachings and doctrine in Gal 3:1.