The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bewitch [Gk. baskaínō] (Gal. 3:1). The meaning here is “captivate by falsehood.” Paul castigates the Galatians in strong terms for being so dazzled by the message of the Judaizers as to have strayed from the gospel of faith in the crucified Christ. The Greek word is colored by a background in magical
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BEWITCH. This word, found in Acts 8:9, properly means “astonish” or “amaze,” and is so translated in the ASV and RSV. The Gr. word baskainō in Gal 3:1 means “bewitch” or “deceive.” Judaizers had charmed the Galatian Christians to a point where they had ceased to reason.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bewitch. †A term of rebuke used by the apostle Paul at Gal. 3:1 (Gk. baskaínō) in regard to the Galatians’ yielding to the Judaizing “magicians” who so effectively enticed them that they were unable to see the falsehood underlying the Judaizers’ words (see also G. Delling, “βασκαίνω,” TDNT 1:594–95).
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
BEWITCH. To deceive or delude by satanic and demonic power, as Simon Magus the sorcerer did to the people of Samaria (Acts 8:9, 11, KJV; NASB, “astonish”); to thus charm or fascinate (Gal. 3:1).
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BEWITCH — to hypnotize, charm, or cast an evil spell. The “foolish Galatians” (Gal. 3:1) had been bewitched, or led into theological and moral error, by the false teachings of the Judaizers.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BEWITCH<be-wich’> ([ἐξίστημι, existemi]): There are two Greek words in the New Testament translated “bewitch.” The one given above (Acts 8:9, 21 the King James Version “bewitched,” the Revised Version (British and American) “amazed”) has reference to the work of Simon Magus. It means “to
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Be Witch
Be-Witchʹ, to lead astray by trick and jugglery. Thus Simon bewitched the people of Samaria by his arts, making them believe he was some great person (Acts 8:9). False teachers, who are generally the most artful among men, are charged with bewitching those who fall into their snares, by so fascinating
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BEWITCH KJV translation of two Greek words. In Gal. 3:1 Paul criticized the Galatians for being “captivated by the falsehood” (baskaino) of the Judaizers to the point of straying from the gospel. The Greek word used here has a history in magical evil and the casting of spells. “Bewitch” is also used
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
bewitch. A term used in most English versions to render the Greek verb baskainō G1001 (Gal. 3:1), which meant, among other things, “to cast a spell.” Paul’s use of such a strong metaphor indicates the seriousness of the error espoused by the Galatians. The English word is also used twice by the KJV
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
BEWITCH, bē̇-wichʹ (ἐξίστημι, exístēmi): There are two Gr words in the NT trd “bewitch.” The one given above (Acts 8:9, 11 AV “bewitched,” RV “amazed”) has reference to the work of Simon Magus. It means “to be out of one’s mind,” “to astonish,” “to overwhelm with wonder.” The other word, βασκαίνω,
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
BEWITCH [βασκαίνω baskainō]. To sway toward evil though the eye, magic, or rhetorical arguments. Paul rhetorically writes about his opponents’ arguments and magical influence upon the Galatians (Gal 3:1). See AMULETS; DIVINATION; ENCHANTER.
Key passages
Ga 3:1

O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as having been crucified?