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Astrology
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Astrology
Astrology Overviews the development and influence of astrology in ancient Near Eastern culture, with special attention to how it intersects with events and themes in the Bible.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Astrology
Astrology. Pseudoscience dealing with the supposed influence of the heavenly bodies on human character and destiny. Astrological conclusions are based on the apparent movement of the sun and planets through the zodiac, an arbitrary division of the celestial sphere into 12 segments identified with 12
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Astrology
Astrology [< Gk. ástron—‘star’ + lógos—‘meaning’]. The study of the professed effect of heavenly bodies on human personality and affairs. I. Introduction II. Origins III. Development IV. In the OT V. In the NTA. In GeneralB. The Star in the East
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Astrology
ASTROLOGY Pseudoscience dealing with the supposed influence of the heavenly bodies on human character and destiny. Astrological conclusions are based on the apparent movement of the sun and planets through the zodiac, an arbitrary division of the celestial sphere into 12 segments identified with 12 major
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Astrology
AstrologyBelief that the celestial bodies, especially the moon, sun, planets, and stars (in Greek collectively called “stars”), influence the sublunar world.Astrology, properly speaking, arose in the Hellenistic sphere and period. Babylonians viewed the stars as only indicators of the will of the gods,
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Astrology
ASTROLOGY Astrology is an ancient system of divination based on the belief that the stars can influence the fate and behavior of men and the general course of human events. A belief in the supernatural powers of the celestial bodies was common to the Babylonians, Egyptians, Assyrians and Chaldeans. In
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Magic and Astrology
Magic and AstrologyIn the ancient world magic was a method of harnessing supernatural power to gain protection from evil spirits or to obtain what one desired (see DPL, Magic). The practice of astrology was based on a belief that there is an inextricable link between the movements of the sun, moon and
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
astrology
astrology. The study of the supposed influence of the stars upon human fortunes. In modern usage the term is confined to ‘judicial astrology’, i.e. the ‘science’ which professes to forecast the fortunes of a man, e.g. from the positions of the stars at the moment of his birth. Astrology was much practised
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Astrology
ASTROLOGY. The ancient art of divination by consulting the planets and stars, which until Kepler’s time was inextricably bound up with astronomy. The practice consists in consulting the heavenly bodies, particularly the signs of the zodiac in relation to observed human events, and making deductions and
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Astrology
ASTROLOGY — the study of the sun, moon, planets, stars, and constellations in the belief that they influence individuals and the course of human events. Astrology attempts to predict the future by analyzing the movements of these heavenly bodies.Although the word “astrology” does not appear in the Bible,
A Catholic Dictionary
Astrology
astrology. The doctrine of the Church on this matter is clearly laid down by St. Thomas. There is nothing contrary to the faith in holding that the stars affect the bodies of men, and so indirectly cause passions to which most men will give way. Taking this influence of the heavenly bodies for granted