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People's Dictionary of the Bible

Magic

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Magic was the art of influencing future events and changing their course by dark and secret means. Of the religion of the Egyptians, Chaldæans, Persians, etc., magic formed an essential element, and of the Egyptian magicians, in their conflict with Moses and Aaron, Exodus gives a vivid account. 7:11, 12, 22; 8:7. Of the religion of the Jews magic did not only not form a part, but the law forbade the consulting of magicians, under penalty of death. Leviticus 19:31; Leviticus 20:6. Nevertheless, from their neighbors magic crept in among the Israelites. The most remarkable instance is that of Saul and the sorceress of Endor. 1 Samuel 28:3-20. Also in the New Testament we find it mentioned. Acts 8:9.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Magic'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/rpd/m/magic.html. 1893.

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