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Lunatics. Latin luna, the moon. Insane persons were supposed to be affected by the changes of the moon. This word is used twice in the New Testament—Matthew 4:24; Matthew 17:15; but rendered epileptic in the R. V. The word refers to some disease affecting both the body and the mind, which might or might not be a sign of possession. By the description of Mark 9:17-26 it is inferred that this disease was epilepsy.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Lunatics'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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