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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bar-Jesus the False Prophet
Bar-Jesus the False Prophet (Βαριησοῦς, Bariēsous). Also known as Elymas (Ἐλύμας, Elymas). A Jewish false prophet who opposed Paul and Barnabas on Cyprus (Acts 13:6–8).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Bar-Jesus (Person)
BAR-JESUS (PERSON) [Gk Bariēsoûs (Βαριησου̂ς)]. A magician, also called a “Jewish false prophet” (Acts 13:6), in the court of Sergius Paulus, proconsul of Cyprus at Paphos. When Sergius Paulus requested to hear Paul and Barnabas, Bar-Jesus opposed them, which resulted in his being struck blind at Paul’s
Elymas (Person)
ELYMAS (PERSON) [Gk Elymas (Ἐλυμας)]. The Jewish magician (Acts 13:8; also called BAR-JESUS, Acts 13:6) who had connections with the Roman proconsul of Cyprus, Sergius Paulus, and opposed the Apostle Paul when he and Barnabas sought to evangelize the proconsul. He was temporarily blinded by Paul as
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bar-Jesus
Bar-Jesus. Jewish sorcerer, a “false prophet” who worked with the governor of Paphos on the island of Cyprus (Acts 13:6). When the governor, Sergius Paulus, took an interest in the message of Paul and Barnabas, Bar-Jesus tried to influence him against their teachings. Paul confronted Bar-Jesus, denounced
Elymas
Elymas. Another name for Bar-Jesus, a Jewish magician and false prophet, in Acts 13:8.See Bar-Jesus.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bar-Jesus
Bar-Jesus bär-jēʹzəs [GK. Bariēsous]. “A certain magician (GK. mágos), a Jewish false prophet” whom Paul and Silas found at Paphos in Cyprus in the company of Sergius Paulus, the Roman proconsul (Acts 13:6ff). The proconsul was “a man of intelligence,” of an inquiring mind, interested in the thought
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bar-Jesus
BAR-JESUS Jewish sorcerer, a “false prophet” who worked with the governor of Paphos on the island of Cyprus (Acts 13:6). When the governor, Sergius Paulus, took an interest in the message of Paul and Barnabas, Bar-Jesus tried to influence him against their teachings. Paul confronted Bar-Jesus, denounced
Elymas
ELYMAS Another name for Bar-Jesus, a Jewish magician and false prophet, in Acts 13:8. See Bar-Jesus.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Elymas
Elymas (el´uh-muhs), a Jewish magician (also called Bar-Jesus, i.e., “son of Jesus”). Elymas was somehow associated with Sergius Paulus, the Roman proconsul of Cyprus. He opposed Paul’s preaching, and Paul called him a “son of the devil” and “enemy of all righteousness.” At Paul’s word, he was temporarily
Magi
magi (may´ji).1 Sorcerers who, according to Matt. 2, traveled to honor the infant Jesus when he was born. The nrsv’s “wise men” is an inaccurate translation for the Greek magoi (Lat. magi), which comes from a root meaning “magic.” The notice in Matthew that these magi were “from the East” (2:1) could
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Elymas
ELYMAS. A Jewish magician at the proconsular court of Sergius Paulus in Cyprus who tried to dissuade Sergius from believing the message brought by Barnabas and Paul (Acts 13:6–11). For his opposition he was suddenly struck with temporary blindness. The name may be akin to Arabic ‘alim, “sage”; the Western
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Bar-Jesus
BAR-JESUS (‘son of Joshua’ or ‘son of Ishvah’). In Acts 13:6ff. a magician and false prophet, attached to the court of Sergius Paulus, proconsul of Cyprus. He is given the alternative name Elymas in v. 8, possibly from a Semitic root meaning ‘sage’, ‘wise man’. In the Western Text his names appear as
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Elymas
Elymas (Gk. Elýmas)A Jewish sorcerer whom Paul encountered at Paphos on the island of Cyprus (Acts 13:6–12). Elymas opposed Paul’s efforts to teach the gospel to Sergius Paulus, the Roman proconsul of the island. For his opposition, Elymas was stricken with temporary blindness. The narrative presents
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Elymas
Elymas [ĕlˊə məs] (Gk. Elymas). A Jewish astrologer or wonderworker (Gk. mágos “magician”)—and thus a “false prophet”—in the employ of the Roman proconsul Sergius Paulus at Paphos on southwestern Cyprus (Acts 13:6–7). When he learned of the proconsul’s intention to grant an audience to Paul and
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Bar-Jesus
BAR-JESUS (Aramaic, “son of Jesus”) A Jewish magician and false prophet in the court of the proconsul Sergius Paulus in Cyprus (Acts 13:6). Also called Elymas, a name meaning “wise man” or “magician” (Acts 13:8), he opposed the preaching of Paul and Barnabas and was struck blind (Acts 13:6–11). So impressed
Elymas
ELYMAS (Greek Elymas) A Jewish magician and false prophet (Acts 13:8; in Acts 13:6 he is termed Bar-Jesus) who attempted to turn the Roman proconsul of Cyprus, Sergius Paulus, away from the faith when he was being evangelized by Paul and Barnabas.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Elymas
El´ymas (a wise man), the Arabic name of the Jewish magus or sorcerer Bar-jesus. Acts 13:6ff. (a.d. 44.)