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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
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
Elymas
Elymas. Another name for Bar-Jesus, a Jewish magician and false prophet, in Acts 13:8.See Bar-Jesus.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
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
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
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.)
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Elymas
EL´YMAS (elʹi-mas; probably from the Arab. aliman, “a wise man”). A Jew named Bar-jesus, who had attached himself to the proconsul of Cyprus, Sergius Paulus, when Paul visited the island (Acts 13:6–12). Upon his endeavoring to dissuade the proconsul from embracing the Christian faith he was miraculously
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Elymas
Elymasmagician or sorcerer, the Arabic name of the Jew Bar-jesus, who withstood Paul and Barnabas in Cyprus. He was miraculously struck with blindness (Acts 13:11).
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Elymas
ElymasElymas (elʹi-muhs), a Jewish magician (also called Bar-Jesus) associated with Sergius Paulus, the Roman proconsul of Cyprus. He opposed Paul’s preaching, but he was blinded, and the proconsul believed (Acts 13:6–12). See also Magic and Divination; Paulus, Sergius.
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