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A phrase used in some English translations to describe one who practices divination, fortune-telling, or astrology. An example is Balaam (Josh 13:22; see also Isa 2:6; Mic 5:12).
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Soothsayer. One who foretells events; a pagan practice, soothsaying was forbidden in Israel (Dt 18:10, 14). In Scripture, soothsaying was practiced by Balaam, Beor’s son (Jos 13:22) and King Manasseh of Judah (2 Kgs 21:6; 2 Chr 33:6); Jacob’s house was likened to the soothsayers of Philistia (Is 2:6);
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
SOOTHSAYER* One who foretells events; a pagan practice, soothsaying was forbidden in Israel (Dt 18:10, 14). In Scripture, soothsaying was practiced by Balaam, Beor’s son (Jos 13:22) and King Manasseh of Judah (2 Kgs 21:6; 2 Chr 33:6); Jacob’s descendants were likened to the soothsayers of Philistia (Is
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Observer of Times
OBSERVER OF TIMES. A fortune-teller or soothsayer who sought to foretell events by interpreting signs in the clouds, the rustling of leaves, the hum of insects, and other omens. The Canaanites (Jdg 9:37, NASB) and Philistines (Isa 2:6) depended heavily on such divination (q.v.), Manasseh the king of
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Magicians—Heb. hartumim, (Dan. 1:20) were sacred scribes who acted as interpreters of omens, or “revealers of secret things.”
Soothsayer—one who pretends to prognosticate future events. Baalam is so called (Josh. 13:22; Heb. kosem, a “diviner,” as rendered 1 Sam. 6:2; rendered “prudent,” Isa. 3:2). In Isa. 2:6 and Micah 5:12 (Heb. yonenim, i.e., “diviners of the clouds”) the word is used of the Chaldean diviners who studied
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Ma-gicʹians, the claimants of the power or art of working wonders beyond the range of science or natural skill (Gen. 41:8; Ex. 7:11, 22; Dan. 1:20; 2:2; 4:7). As in Egypt and Babylonia the cultivators of the more recondite departments of learning and science were priests, there can be little doubt that
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
MagicianLate Hellenistic Judaism identified → Moses and → Solomon as m., the former in connection with his magical → rod and his contest (with Aaron) against Pharaoh’s magicians (Ex. 7:8ff.), the latter for his magical finger ring, which he used against a wide range of noxious demons (see McCown, 1922;