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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #3097 - μάγος
- a magus
- the name given by the Babylonians (Chaldeans), Medes, Persians, and others, to the wise men, teachers, priests, physicians, astrologers, seers, interpreters of dreams, augers, soothsayers, sorcerers etc.
- the oriental wise men (astrologers) who, having discovered by the rising of a remarkable star that the Messiah had just been born, came to Jerusalem to worship him
- a false prophet and sorcerer
[ ᾰ], ου, ὁ,
1. Magian, one of a Median tribe, Hdt. 1.101, Str. 15.3.1: hence, as belonging to this tribe,
2. one of the priests and wise men in Persia who interpreted dreams, Hdt. 7.37, al., Arist. Fr. 36, Phoen. 1.5, Matthew 2:1.
3. enchanter, wizard, esp. in bad sense, impostor, charlatan, Heraclit. 14, S. OT 387, E. Or. 1498 (lyr.), Pl. R. 572e, Acts 13:6, Vett. Val. 74.17: also fem., Luc. Asin. 4, AP 5.15 (Mar Arg.).
II μάγος, ον, as Adj., magical, μάγψ τέχνῃ πράττειν τι Philostr. VA 1.2; κεστοῦ φωνεῦσα μαγώτερα AP 5.120 (Phld.). (Opers. maguš 'Magian'.)
μάγος , -ου , ὁ ,
[in LXX for H825, Da LXX TH Daniel 2:2; Daniel 2:10, al. (cf. chief magian, Jeremiah 39:3; Jeremiah 39:13);]
1. one of the Μάγοι , a Median tribe (Hat).
2. a Magian, one of a sacred caste, originally Median, who seem to have conformed to the Persian religion, while retaining some of their old beliefs (v. DB, I vol., 565 f.; DB, iii, 203 ff.): Matthew 2:1; Matthew 2:7; Matthew 2:16
3. a wizard, sorcerer: Acts 13:6; Acts 13:8 (cf. Wisdom of Solomon 17:7, Acts 8:9; ?Acts 8:1).†
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For μάγος in the sense of ";sorcerer,"; as in Acts 13:6; Acts 13:8, we may compare Kaibel 903a.7 (= p. 537) (iii/iv A.D.) προνοησαμένου τ [ῆς ἀναστάσεως ] Ἀπολλωνίου ἀρχιμάγου. See also Vett. Val. p. 74.17 ποιεῖ γὰρ μάγους πλάνους θύτας ἰατροὺς ἀστρολόγους. . . διά τε πανουργίας καὶ ἐπιθέσεως καὶ δόλου τὰς πράξεις διοικοῦντας.
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