QUESTION: What does the word pharmakeia mean exactly? In the context of antiquity, what would pharmakeia consist of? I would like to have an in depth understanding of what this word means in context.
ANSWER: Hello Danne,
thank you for your inquiry. If you want, send me the text, as I do not believe that it shall have a special meaning other 'offering a poison', or even just 'poisoning'. There might be a metaphorical use, too.
Do not hesitate to contact me again. Have a good evening.
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QUESTION: The text is actually found in the new testament especially Galatians 5:20.
The word is enlisted among negative 'habits'. Possible meanings would be 'drug-making or offering' or in terms of witchcraft 'poisons and perverted medicinal preparations'. For such interpretations consult a theologist, as many words are to be understood within a certain context.
Hope this helped you. Have a good day.