magos: a Magian, i.e. an (Oriental) astrologer, by impl. a magicianOriginal Word: μάγος, ου, ὁPart of Speech:
a sorcerer, magician, wizardDefinition:
a sorcerer, a magician, a wizard.
3097 mágos (plural, magi) – properly, belonging to "the Magoi, a Median tribe (so Herodotus); 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.): Mt 2:1,7,16; a wizard, sorcerer: Ac 13:6,8" (Abbott-Smith).
NAS Exhaustive ConcordanceWord Origin
of Pers. origin, cf. Rab-magDefinition
a Magian, i.e. an (Oriental) astrologer, by impl. a magicianNASB Translation
magi (4), magician (2).
Thayer'sSTRONGS NT 3097: μάγοςμάγος
, plural מָגִים
; a word of Indo-Germanic origin; cf. Gesenius, Thesaurus, ii., p. 786; J. G. Müller in Herzog
viii., p. 678; (Vanicek
, Fremdwörter, under the word; but the word is now regarded by many as of Babylonian origin; see Schrader, Keilinschriften as above with 2te Aufl., p. 417ff)); from Sophocles
down; the Sept. Daniel 2:2
and several times in Theod.
ad Dan. for אַשָׁף
; a magus
; the name given by the Babylonians (Chaldaeans), Medes, Persians, and others, to the wise men, teachers, priests, physicians, astrologers, seers, interpreters of dreams, augurs, soothsayers, sorcerers etc.; cf. Winer
s RWB, under the word; J. G. Müller in Herzog
, the passage cited, pp. 675-685; Holtzmann in Schenkel
iv., p. 84f; (BB. DD.
, under the word ). In the N. T. the name is given:
1. to the oriental wise men (astrologers) who, having discovered by the rising of a remarkable star (see ἀστήρ, and cf. Edersheim, Jesus the Messiah, i. 209ff) that the Messiah had just been born, came to Jerusalem to worship him: Matthew 2:1, 7, 16.
2. to false prophets and sorcerers: Acts 13:6, 8,cf. 8:9,11.<1>
Of foreign origin (Rab-Mag); a Magian, i.e. Oriental scientist; by implication, a magician -- sorcerer, wise man.
see HEBREW Rab-Mag