A person who reads the influence of the stars on human and terrestrial affairs, supposedly foretelling events by the positions of the planets and stars. Belief that the stars influence human affairs appears occasionally in the OT (Judg 5:20
; Job 38:33
). It is generally associated with apostasy (Isa 47:13-14
) or with the gentile nations (Dan 1:20
; Dan 2:2
; Dan 2:10
). The magi (Matt 2:1-12
) were led to Jesus by observation of an unusual astronomical phenomenon at the time of his birth.
20The stars fought from heaven,
from their courses they fought against Sisera.
33Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you establish their rule on the earth?
13You are wearied with your many consultations;
let those who study the heavens
stand up and save you,
those who gaze at the stars,
and at each new moon predict ... View more
20In every matter of wisdom and understanding concerning which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters i ... View more
2So the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. When they came in and stood ... View more
10The Chaldeans answered the king, “There is no one on earth who can reveal what the king demands! In fact no king, however great and powerful, has ever asked s ... View more
The Visit of the Wise Men
1In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,2asking, “Where is th ... View more