|A Magical Spell|
There's a Greek magical papyrus in the British Museum in London. It was discovered in Egypt. It reveals some of what was involved in casting a spell in the ancient world, and in some parts of the world still today. The papyrus reads in part:
"Come to me, spirit that flies in the air, called with secret codes and unutterable names, at this lamp divination which I perform, and enter into the boy's soul, that he may receive the immortal form in mighty and incorruptible light, because while chanting, I call…" —–here the sorcerer listed the magical names he was calling upon.
In light of such practices in the ancient world, it is no wonder that the early missionaries and apostles often cast spirits out of people as a part of their ministry. (Acts 8:7, Acts 16:18)
Reference: Clinton E. Arnold, Acts: Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (Softcover Edition), (Zondervan, 2002), p. 66.