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Astrologer
Astrologers • Prognosticator • Stargazer • Stargazers
Dictionaries
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Astrologer
astrologer, a person who reads the influence of the stars on human and terrestrial affairs, supposedly foretelling events by the positions of the planets and stars. Clay tablets show that astrology flourished among the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians (ca. 1000–500 bce). Belief that the stars influence
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Prognosticator
PROGNOSTICATOR. The expression “the monthly prognosticators” (Isa 47:13, KJV) is translated in the NASB as “those who predict by the new moons.” See Moon; Magic.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Astrologer
AstrologerMesopotamian and Egyptian stargazers practiced what moderns would call both astronomy and astrology, and their skill was sophisticated enough to allow accurate predictions of eclipses and construction of calendars. The Neo-Assyrian monarchs (743–612 b.c.e.) in particular were eager patrons
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Astrologer
Astrologer (from Gk. ástron “star” and lógos “study of”).† Unlike the astronomer who studies the magnitudes, movements, and constitutions of the heavenly bodies, the astrologer is interested in the effect of these celestial phenomena on human life. In antiquity astrology was practiced among the
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Astrologer
Astrologer(Dan. 1:20; 2:2, 10, 27, etc.) Heb. ‘ashshaph’, an enchanter, one who professes to divine future events by the appearance of the stars. This science flourished among the Chaldeans. It was positively forbidden to the Jews (Deut. 4:19; 18:10; Isa. 47:13).
Stargazers
Stargazers(Isa. 47:13), those who pretend to tell what will occur by looking upon the stars. The Chaldean astrologers “divined by the rising and setting, the motions, aspects, colour, degree of light, etc., of the stars.”
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Astrologer
Astrologerastrologer, a person who reads the influence of the stars on human and terrestrial affairs, supposedly foretelling events by the positions of the planets and stars. Clay tablets show that astrology flourished among the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians (ca. 1000-500 b.c.). Belief that the
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Prognosticator
PROGNOSTICATOR — one who predicts future events by using present signs and omens as a guide. According to the prophet Isaiah, one of the superstitions of the Chaldeans, or Babylonians, was that of the monthly prognosticators (Is. 47:13), who foretold the future by observing the phases of the moon. This
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Astrologers
As-trolʹo-gers, a class of men who pretended to foretell future events by observing the motions of the stars. Astrology is said to have originated in Chaldæa, where, as we know, it was universally practiced. A learned caste, styled “Chaldæans,” excelled in it (Dan. 2:2). The practice of astrology still
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Astrologer
ASTROLOGER Person who “divided the heavens” (literal translation of Hebrew phrase, Isa. 47:13) to determine the future. Particularly the Babylonians developed sophisticated methods of reading the stars to determine proper times for action. The prophet mocked Babylon’s tireless and tiring efforts in astrology.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Astrologer
astrologer. This term is used in the NIV and other English translations of Daniel to render the Hebrew word kaśdîm H4169 (Dan. 2:2 et al.; Aram. kaśdāy H10373 in 2:10 et al.), which could also be translated “Chaldean” (cf. NRSV and see Chaldea IV). In the same passages, the KJV uses “astrologer”