What does Lunatics mean in the Bible?

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Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Lunatics
Healed by Christ (Matthew 4:24; Matthew 17:25). The former epileptics, the second a demon-possessed epileptic patient. (See LUKE; DEVIL.)
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Lunatics
These are clearly distinguished in Matthew 4:24 from those possessed by demons. The word is σεληνιαζόμενοι,which, like the word lunatic, is derived from 'the moon,' and is thought to embrace epileptics as well as those of unsound mind. The lad in Matthew 17:15 is called a lunatic, but he was also possessed by a demon: in Mark 9:25 it is called a 'dumb and deaf spirit.'
Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Lunatics
σεληνιαζομενους , lunatici, Matthew 4:24 . Thus those sick persons were called, who were thought to suffer most severely at the changes of the moon; for example, epileptical persons, or those who have the falling sickness, insane persons, or those tormented with fits of morbid melancholy. Mad people are still called lunatics, from an ancient, but now almost exploded, opinion, that they are much influenced by that planet. A sounder philosophy has taught us, that, if there be any thing in it, it must be accounted for, not in the manner the ancients imagined, nor otherwise than by what the moon has in common with other heavenly bodies, occasioning various alterations in the gravity of our atmosphere, and thereby affecting human bodies. However, there is considerable reason to doubt the fact; and it is certain that the moon has no perceivable influence on our most accurate barometers. It has been the fashion to decry and ridicule the doctrine of demoniacal possessions, and to represent the patients merely as lunatics or madmen. And some think that this is countenanced by the calumny of the unbelieving Jews concerning Christ, "He hath a demon, and is mad," John 10:20 ; both possession and madness often producing the same symptoms of convulsions, paralysis, &c, Matthew 17:15-18 . But that they were distinct diseases, may be collected from the following considerations:
1. The evangelists, enumerating the various descriptions of patients, distinguish δαιμονιζομενοι , demoniacs, σεληνιαζομενοι , lunatics, and παραλυτικοι , paralytics, from persons afflicted with other kinds of diseases, Matthew 4:24 ; Mark 1:34 ; Luke 6:17-18 .
2. That a real dispossession took place, seems to follow from the number of these impure inmates. Mary of Magdala, or the Magdalene, was afflicted with seven demons, Mark 16:9 . "A legion" besought Christ's permission to enter into a numerous herd of two thousand swine; which they did, and drove the whole herd down a precipice into the sea, where they were all drowned. This remarkable case is noticed by the three evangelists most circumstantially, Matthew 8:28 ; Mark 5:1 ; Luke 8:26 .
3. The testimony of the demoniacs to Christ was not that of madmen or idiots. It evinced an intimate knowledge both of his person and character, which was hidden from the "wise and prudent" of the nation, the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees. Their language was, "What hast thou to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to torment us before the time?" "I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God:" "thou art the Christ, the Son of God, the Son of the most high God," Matthew 8:29 ; Mark 1:24 ; Mark 3:11 ; Luke 4:34-41 . And they repeatedly besought him not to torment them, not to order them to depart into the abyss, Luke 8:28-31 . See DEMONIACS .
People's Dictionary of the Bible - Lunatics
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.
Smith's Bible Dictionary - Lunatics
(from the Latin Luna , the moon, because insane persons, especially those who had lucid intervals, were once supposed to be affected by the changes of the moon). This word is used twice in the New Testament-- ( Matthew 4:24 ; 17:15 ) Translated epileptic in the Revised Version.) It is evident that the word itself refers to same 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 concluded that this disease was epilepsy.

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Bethlehem - ) A hospital for Lunatics; - corrupted into bedlam
Bethlehem - A hospital for Lunatics corrupted into bedlam
Lunatic - In Matthew 4:24 "lunatics" are distinguished from demoniacs
Dympna, Saint - She is invoked against insanity, and as a result of the miraculous cures effected, through her intercession, a colony for Lunatics has grown up at Gheel
Dimpna, Saint - She is invoked against insanity, and as a result of the miraculous cures effected, through her intercession, a colony for Lunatics has grown up at Gheel
Lunatics - Lunatics
Lunatic - Lunatics are expressly mentioned in distinction from men possessed by evil spirits, Matthew 4:24 17:15
Gheel, Belgium - Town where a colony of Lunatics has existed for centuries
Lunatics - Mad people are still called Lunatics, from an ancient, but now almost exploded, opinion, that they are much influenced by that planet. It has been the fashion to decry and ridicule the doctrine of demoniacal possessions, and to represent the patients merely as Lunatics or madmen. The evangelists, enumerating the various descriptions of patients, distinguish δαιμονιζομενοι , demoniacs, σεληνιαζομενοι , Lunatics, and παραλυτικοι , paralytics, from persons afflicted with other kinds of diseases, Matthew 4:24 ; Mark 1:34 ; Luke 6:17-18
Nun - , but the principal objects of all congregations are practically the same: either purely contemplative, seeking personal perfection by close union with God, or partly contemplative and partly active in works of charity, such as the education of youth, the care of the sick, orphans, lepers, Lunatics, the wayward, and the aged
Nuns - , but the principal objects of all congregations are practically the same: either purely contemplative, seeking personal perfection by close union with God, or partly contemplative and partly active in works of charity, such as the education of youth, the care of the sick, orphans, lepers, Lunatics, the wayward, and the aged
Demoniacs - ...
It has been argued that the persons said to be possessed were really Lunatics, who imagined they were possessed; and to meet that fancy the Lord spoke to the supposed spirit and told it to come out! But this is simply an effort to deny the power of Satan and his emissaries over man, and also God's power in the miracles. Those who were Lunatics are mentioned along with, and as different from, those possessed with demons
Cancellarius - In England, the lord high chancellor is the keeper of the state seal; as the highest law officer he is the speaker of the House of Lords, a member of the cabinet, and appoints all the judges and justices of the peace, and, among other duties, supervises the interests of minors and Lunatics
Chancellor - In England, the lord high chancellor is the keeper of the state seal; as the highest law officer he is the speaker of the House of Lords, a member of the cabinet, and appoints all the judges and justices of the peace, and, among other duties, supervises the interests of minors and Lunatics
Lunatic - The Lunatics we read of in the gospel, certainly were those which were possessed by the evil spirit
Possession - , Luke 7:21 ; Luke 13:32 ); and once at least epileptics (or Lunatics) and palsied occupy a different category from demoniacs ( Matthew 4:24 )
Pietists - Some of them were totally destitute of judgment; their errors were the reveries of a disordered brain; and they were rather considered as Lunatics than as heretics