The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Magic (כשף‎, kshp; μαγεία, mageia). Ritual manipulation of objects. The use of verbal formulas for the purpose of causing observable change by means of superhuman power.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
MAGIC. This entry consists of two articles, one survey of magical practices in the ANE, and another summarizing the references to magic in the OT.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Magic. Attempt to influence or control people or events through supernatural forces. These forces are called upon by means of ceremonies, the recitation of spells, charms, incantations, and other forms of ritual. Magic was at one time considered to be a practice of unsophisticated primitive cultures
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Magic; Magician
Magic; MagicianThe English cognates are derived from Gk. mageía (“magic”), mageúō (“practice magic”), and mágos (“a Magus, magician”), all found in the NT and all taken from the Iranian noun magus (etymology unknown), which was the name of a Median tribe with priestly specializations. In Latin
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
MAGIC Attempt to influence or control people or events through supernatural forces. These forces are called upon by means of ceremonies, the recitation of spells, charms, incantations, and other forms of ritual.There are a number of terms used in the Bible that might fall into the broad category of
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
magic, means by which humans attempt to secure for themselves some action from superhuman powers. Magic is an attempt by human beings to compel a divinity to do what they wish that divinity to do. Divination is an attempt to secure information about matters and events that are currently hidden or that
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
MAGIC, MAGICIAN. These words come from the name of a priestly class in ancient Media, “the Magi” or “wise men” (Mt 2:1, 7), who were not only sacrificial priests but men who interpreted the meaning for human affairs of heavenly phenomena and dreams. See Magi.Magic, divination, sorcery, enchantment,
Curious Arts
CURIOUS ARTS. The translation “curious arts” (“magic arts,” RSV) of a Gr. article (ta) and adjective (perierga) with this usage is found only in Acts 19:19. The adjective originally means excessively busy; then meddlesome, relative to the concerns of others; and finally, as regards the future, inquisitive
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Magic and Sorcery
MAGIC AND SORCERY.1. THE BIBLICAL VIEWMagic and sorcery attempt to influence people and events by supernatural or occult means. They may be associated with some form of *divination, though divination by itself is the attempt to use supernatural means to discover events without influencing them.Magic
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
MagicIn the literature of the ancient Mediterranean world and the ancient Near East, including the Bible, many different terms are used to designate magic and ritual power as well as the practitioners of magic and ritual power. Gk. mageɩ́a and related words (cf. Lat. magia) derive from Iranian magus,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Magic. †The attempted manipulation of events through charms, amulets, incantations, and the like. In the ancient world, magic was not sharply distinguished from religion. In polytheistic religion no power is thought of as having final control over all things; magic is the attempt to affect events within
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
MagicBelief in gods, demons, spirits and various other forms of supernatural powers was a prominent characteristic of the first-century a.d. worldview. Through the widespread practice of magic, one could find protection from this realm and even control it. People who became Christians and joined the
Catholic Bible Dictionary
MAGIC AND SORCERY The occult art of manipulating natural and spiritual forces. The Church, in harmony with Scripture, teaches that all forms of magic and sorcery are contrary to revealed religion. They are especially reprehensible when practiced with the intention of doing harm and when they involve
Key passages
2 Ki 9:22

When Joram saw Jehu, he asked, “Is it peace, Jehu?” And he said, “What peace is there while the prostitutions of your mother Jezebel and her sorceries are numerous?”

Mic 5:12

And I will cut off sorceries from your hand, and you will not have soothsayers.

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