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A Snake Charmer
Any person who engages in the activity of snake charming.
Dictionaries
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Charm; Charmer
Charm; Charmer [Heb. lāḥaš (Ps. 58:5; Eccl. 10:11a; Isa. 3:3; Jer. 8:17), hāḇar ḥeḇer (Dt. 18:11), ba‘al lāšôn (Eccl. 10:11b), kešep̱ (Neh. 3:4)]; AV also ENCHANTMENT (Eccl. 10:11a), BABBLER (v 11b), ORATOR (Isa. 3:3), WITCHCRAFT (Nah. 3:4); NEB also “one who casts spells” (Dt. 18:11), ENCHANTER
Serpent Charming
Serpent Charming The Bible has several allusions to this practice (Ps. 58:5 [MT 6]; Eccl. 10:11; Jer. 8:17; cf. Sir. 12:13; perhaps also Jas. 3:7; see Magic II.A [4]) but never describes it.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Charmer
Charmer (from Lat. carmen “song”).† One who chants to achieve a desired effect, either beneficial or harmful, or to ward off evils or evil spirits. See Exorcism.In the Old Testament the charmer is portrayed as calming a poisonous snake (Ps. 58:5; Heb. melaḥašîm par. “enchanter”; JB “magician”),
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Serpent Charming
SERPENT CHARMING. The art of taming serpents (Heb. laḥash, a “whisper,” Jer. 8:17; Eccles. 10:11); those who practiced the art were known as mnaḥashı̂m. There can be no question at all of the remarkable power that, from time immemorial, has been exercised by certain people in the East over poisonous
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Charmer
Charmerone who practises serpent-charming (Ps. 58:5; Jer. 8:17; Eccl. 10:11). It was an early and universal opinion that the most venomous reptiles could be made harmless by certain charms or by sweet sounds. It is well known that there are jugglers in India and in other Eastern lands who practise this
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
SERPENT-CHARMING
SERPENT-CHARMING<-charm’-ing>: Allusion to this art, widely practiced by the ancients (see references in DB, under the word; especially Bothart, Hieron., III, 161, 164, etc.), as by modern Orientals, is found in Psalm 58:5; Ecclesiastes 10:11; Jeremiah 8:17; Sirach 12:13, perhaps in James 3:7.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
Snake Charming
snake charming. Various kinds of serpents were numerous in Palestine, and the art of snake charming was practiced in the country. Some snakes were susceptible to such influence (Eccl. 10:11) and others resisted the techniques of the charmer. In Jer. 8:17 serpent charming is used metaphorically to describe
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Serpent-Charming
SERPENT-CHARMING, -chärm’ing: Allusion to this art, widely practised by the ancients (see references in DB, s.v.; esp. Bochart, Hieron., Ill, 161, 164, etc), as by modern Orientals, is found in Ps 58:5; Eccl 10:11; Jer 8:17; Sir 12:13, perhaps in Jas 3:7. The skill displayed in taming snakes, often without
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
SNAKE CHARMING
SNAKE CHARMING [לַחַשׁlakhash; ψιθυρισμός psithyrismos]. Placating a SERPENT by, literally, whispering to it (Eccl 10:11; Sir 12:13). The serpent’s painful and even lethal bite encouraged comparison with a dangerous person (e.g., Gen 49:17; Ps 140:3 [Heb. 140:4]). In Ps 58:4–5 [Heb. 58:5–6], the wicked