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"Darlene1961":tglaev68 wrote:
I am not Catholic so I do not know Catholic scripture…there is a big debate amongst Protestants about ghosts…most believe that scripture denies ghosts, other than the Holy Ghost. But I am wondering what your scripture says…could some of these beings be the souls of those stuck in pergutory? I do believe in demons and angels, which are very much scriptural…but I just wonder…? I know that the ghost of Samuel appears in 2 Kings and most Protestants have varied explanations for this…I am more inclined to believe the bible, and God says it was Samuel’s ghost. Do Catholics believe in ghosts?
No But authors will use then to sell books!

On jumpin’ Jehosaphat”

Popular culture

The king’s name in the oath jumping Jehosaphat was likely popularized by the name’s utility as a euphemism for Jesus and Jehovah.
The phrase is first recorded in the 1866 novel The Headless Horseman by Thomas Mayne Reid.[5] The longer version “By the shaking, jumping ghost of Jehosaphat” is seen in the 1865 novel Paul Peabody by Percy Bolingbroke St. John.[6]

Another theory is that the reference is to Joel 3:11-12, where the prophet Joel says, speaking of the judgment of the dead:

Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
Jehosaphat is one of the “mighty ones” who has come down to judge the wakened heathens or he is one of the wakened himself, thus, a “ghost”

There is no Bible translation that includes for Joel 3:11
“or he is one of the wakened himself, thus, a “ghost”

Then there’s :

Here we have A.E. Hayward’s Great Caesar’s Ghost!

And Great Caesar’s Goat! I’ll concede that Hayward is not exactly on the same plane as McCay and Herriman, but he does have a place in the history books as the first cartoonist to give us a regular syndicated feature centered on working women with Somebody’s Stenog.

Great Caesar’s Ghost! And Great Caesar’s Goat! is a Sunday strip that follows the exploits of Julius Caesar who is living in a Rome that has more than a passing resemblance to contemporary society (of the mid 1910’s anyway). This setting features suffrage parades and the strange fashion statements involving the ankles of the fairer sex among other things. Julius himself is less the figure you might remember from history class, and more the sort who might fib to his wife to sneak out with the fellas.

I stated earlier Ghost was not used in any Biblical translation?
Oopps! The good ole KJV, who also brought the mythical creature Unicorn to the Bible well used ghost also:

KJV Act 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and [b:tglaev68]gave up the ghost.

The KJV uses it only once, from the Greek ‘ekpsychō’ Strong’s #G1537 which means:

1) to expire, to breathe out one’s life.

The NKJV does not use the word ghost, in its translation.

God bless,