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Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Arabic (alim , "wise," related to ulema ) for Barjesus, the Jew sorcerer associated with Sergius Paulus. proconsul of Cyprus at Paul's visit (Acts 13:6, etc.). Struck blind for "seeking to turn away the deputy (proconsul) from the faith." As he opposed the gospel light, in significant retribution he lost the natural light. Contrast Paul's simultaneously receiving sight and the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:17). As belief in religion declined under the Roman empire, belief in eastern magic increased.
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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Elymas'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fbd/e/elymas.html. 1949.