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Jesus answers accusers about how he drives out demons
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Alternately Beelzebub, Baalzebul, Baalzebub. A designation for a god of Ekron and later a satanic entity. Although the etymology is uncertain, the meaning of Beelzebul seemingly transitions from a name of a Semitic deity to an agent of Satan, or in some cases Satan himself.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Beelzebul
Beelzebul (בַּעַל זְבוּב‎, ba'al zevuv, Βεελζεβουλ, Beelzeboul). Alternately Beelzebub, Baalzebul, Baalzebub. A designation for a god of Ekron and later a satanic entity. Although the etymology is uncertain, the meaning of Beelzebul seemingly transitions from a name of a Semitic deity to an agent of Satan,
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Beelzebul
BEELZEBUL [Gk Beelzeboul (Βεελζεβουλ); Heb baʿal zĕbûb (בַּעַל זְבוּב)]. Var. BEELZEBUB; BAALZEBUB. According to the synoptic accounts, Jesus was accused of expelling demons by the power of Beelzebul, a name for the “prince of demons” (ho archōn tōn daimoniōn), that is, SATAN (Mark 3:22–26; Matt
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Be-elzebul, Beelzebub
Be-elzebul, Beelzebub. Epithet meaning “lord of the flies” or “lord of the manure pile,” referring to Satan. It was used against Jesus by his enemies (Mt 10:25, kjv Beelzebub; 12:24; Lk 11:15).See Baal-zebub.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Beelzebul
Beelzebul bē-elʹzə-bul [GK. Beezeboul var Beelzeboul—‘master of the (heavenly) dwelling’; Latin and Syriac versions have Beelzebub—‘master of the flies’] (Mk. 3:22 par Mt. 12:24 and Lk. 11:15; Mt. 12:27 par Lk. 11:18f; Mt. 10:25); AV, NEB, BEELZEBUB (following Vulg.). A relatively obscure name for
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Beelzebul
BEELZEBUL* Epithet meaning “lord of the flies” or “lord of the manure pile,” referring to Satan. It was used against Jesus by his enemies (Mt 10:25, kjv “Beelzebub”; 12:24; Lk 11:15). See Baal-zebub.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Baal-Zebub
Baal-zebub (bay´uhl-zee´buhb, bah´uhl-zee´ buhb; also Beelzebub [bee-el´zi-buhb]; Heb., “baal [lord] of flies”), a god worshiped by the Philistines at Ekron (2 Kings 1:2–16). The actual name may have been Baal-zebul, meaning “lord of the lofty abode,” but Israelites who considered this god an unworthy
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Beelzebub
BEELZEBUB. This name designates Satan as the “chief of the devils” (Lk 11:18). The perverted Pharisees accused Jesus of exorcising demons (Lk 11:15, 19), of having (Mk 3:22), or even being, this fallen prince (Mt 10:25; 12:24). Beelzebub (from 2 Kgs 1:2) is the Syriac and Latin Vulgate (hence KJV) rendering
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Baal-Zebub, Beelzebul
BAAL-ZEBUB, BEELZEBUL. 1. In OT Heb. ba‘al zebûḇ (‘lord of flies’), probably a mocking alteration of ba‘al zeḇûl (‘Prince *Baal’), appears as the name of the god of Ekron, whom Ahaziah, king of Israel, tried to consult in his last illness (2 Ki. 1:1–6, 16).2. In NT Gk. beelzeboul, beezeboul (Beelzebub
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Beelzebul
Beelzebul (Gk. Beelzeboúl)The Greek rendering of Baal-zebul, corrupted into Baal-zebub in the OT. In the Synoptic Gospels Jesus is accused of performing exorcisms by the power of Beelzebul, “the ruler of the demons” (Matt. 12:24 = Mark 3:22 = Luke 11:15), and in Matt. 10:25 Jesus’ opponents identify
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Beelzebul
Beelzebul [bē ĕlˊzĭ bŭl] (Gk. Beelzeboul, Beezeboul “master of the heavenly dwelling”). A name which the scribes derisively applied to Jesus upon his healing of a demon-possessed person (Matt. 12:24 par. Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15; KJV, NIV “Beelzebub”). Although Beelzebul (on the basis of Gk.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Beelzebub
BEELZEBUB (Hebrew, “lord of flies,” a disparaging pun on “Baal-zebul,” meaning “Prince Baal”) A deity worshipped by the Philistines at Ekron. Ahaziah, king of Israel, sent messengers to consult this god for him when he was wounded (2 Kgs 1:2). In the New Testament the Greek spelling Beelzebul is used
Beelzebul
BEELZEBUL (Greek spelling of Baal-zebul; see Beelzebub) A term used by the Pharisees for the “prince of demons,” the devil. Jesus was accused by the Pharisees of expelling demons by the power of Beelzebul (Matt 10:25, 12:24–27; Mark 3:22–26; Luke 11:15–19). Jesus prefers to call him “Satan” or “the devil.”
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Beelzebub
Beelzebub. The name applied to ‘the prince of devils’ in the Gospels, where Christ’s enemies accuse Him of ‘casting out devils by Beelzebub’ (Mk. 3:22–6; cf. Mt. 12:24–8, Lk. 11:15–20), i.e. of acting by the power of, or of being an agent of, the evil one (cf. Mt. 10:25), not of God. It is this direct
Key passages
Mt 12:22–37

Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to him. And he healed him so that the man who was mute could speak and see. And all the crowds were amazed and began saying, “Perhaps this one is the Son of David!” But the Pharisees, when they heard …

Mk 3:22–30

And the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul!” and “By the ruler of the demons he expels the demons!” And he called them to himself and was speaking to them in parables, “How can Satan expel Satan? And if a kingdom is divided against itself, …

Lk 11:14–15

And he was expelling a mute demon. Now it happened that when the demon came out, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowds were astonished. But some of them said, “By Beelzebul the ruler of demons he expels demons!”

Lk 11:17–28

But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. So if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I expel demons by Beelzebul. But if I expel demons by Beelzebul, by whom …

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