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su-per-stish'-un; su-per-stish'-us (deisidaimonia, "fearing demons"): The Biblical use of these words is limited to that of the former in Acts 25:19 the King James Version, and of the latter in Acts 17:22. In the former reference, Festus speaks of the Jews' "superstition" (the Revised Version (British and American) "religion"), thus artfully dodging an avowal of his own convictions "respecting the Hebrew faith." In Acts 17:22 the King James Version Paul tactfully refers to the Athenians as being "too superstitious" (the Revised Version (British and American) "too religious"), thus using the term correctly from both their and his point of view. They were truly too "religious" with their superstitions.

Leonard W. Doolan

1175. deisidaimonia -- a religion, superstition
... a religion, superstition. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: deisidaimonia
Phonetic Spelling: (dice-ee-dahee-mon-ee'-ah) Short Definition: religion ...
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Strong's Hebrew
8079. semamith -- (a kind of) lizard
... spider. Probably from shamem (in the sense of poisoning); a lizard (from the
superstition of its noxiousness) -- spider. see HEBREW shamem. 8078, 8079. ...
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Whether Divination is a Species of Superstition?
species of superstition? Objection 1: It would seem that ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether divination is a species.htm

Of Superstition (Two Articles)
... OF SUPERSTITION (TWO ARTICLES). In ... The former come under the head of
superstition, the latter under that of irreligion. Accordingly ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/of superstition two articles .htm

Whether There are Various Species of Superstition?
... OF SUPERSTITION (TWO ARTICLES) Whether there are various species of
superstition? Objection 1: It would seem that there are not ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether there are various species.htm

Whether Superstition is a vice Contrary to Religion?
... OF SUPERSTITION (TWO ARTICLES) Whether superstition is a vice contrary
to religion? Objection 1: It would seem that superstition ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether superstition is a vice.htm

Of Superstition Consisting in Undue Worship of the True God (Two ...
We must now consider the species of superstition. We ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/of superstition consisting in undue.htm

Duty and Superstition
... SERMON VII. DUTY AND SUPERSTITION. Micah vi ... dies. This is called superstition:
anxiety about what will happen to us after we die. Now ...
/.../kingsley/sermons for the times/sermon vii duty and superstition.htm

Of Superstition in Divinations (Eight Articles)
... OF SUPERSTITION IN DIVINATIONS (EIGHT ARTICLES). We must now consider superstition
in divinations, under which head there are eight points of inquiry: ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/of superstition in divinations eight.htm

Of Superstition in Observances (Four Articles)
... OF SUPERSTITION IN OBSERVANCES (FOUR ARTICLES). We must now consider superstition
in observances, under which head there are four points of inquiry: ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/of superstition in observances four.htm

Superstition of Astrologers.
... Book II. Chapter 21."Superstition of Astrologers. 32. Nor can we exclude
from this kind of superstition those who were called ...
/.../on christian doctrine in four books /chapter 21 superstition of astrologers.htm

Whether Idolatry is Rightly Reckoned a Species of Superstition?
... OF IDOLATRY (FOUR ARTICLES) Whether idolatry is rightly reckoned a species
of superstition? Objection 1: It would seem that idolatry ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether idolatry is rightly reckoned.htm

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) An excessive reverence for, or fear of, that which is unknown or mysterious.

2. (n.) An ignorant or irrational worship of the Supreme Deity; excessive exactness or rigor in religious opinions or practice; extreme and unnecessary scruples in the observance of religious rites not commanded, or of points of minor importance; also, a rite or practice proceeding from excess of sculptures in religion.

3. (n.) The worship of a false god or gods; false religion; religious veneration for objects.

4. (n.) Belief in the direct agency of superior powers in certain extraordinary or singular events, or in magic, omens, prognostics, or the like.

5. (n.) Excessive nicety; scrupulous exactness.

Topical Bible Verses
Daniel 4:9
O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and no secret troubles you, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof.

Acts 12:15
And they said to her, You are mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.

Acts 28:6
However, they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.

Mark 6:16
But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.

Matthew 14:26
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

Superstition (1 Occurrence)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. SUPERSTITION; SUPERSTITIOUS. ... Leonard W. Doolan.
Multi-Version Concordance Superstition (1 Occurrence). ...
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Superstitious (1 Occurrence)
... 1. (a.) Of or pertaining to superstition; proceeding from, or manifesting,
superstition; as, superstitious rites; superstitious observances. ...
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Eye (145 Occurrences)
... EVIL EYE. (ra` `ayin, "evil of eye"; ophthalmos poneros): The superstition of the
influence of the "evil eye," so widely spread over the earth, has had a mighty ...
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Evil (1503 Occurrences)
... David Roberts Dungan. EVIL EYE. (ra` `ayin, "evil of eye"; ophthalmos poneros):
The superstition of the influence of the "evil eye," so widely spread over the ...
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... of that name, was put to death as a criminal by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea,
in the reign of Tiberius; but the pernicious superstition, repressed for a ...
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Divination (25 Occurrences)
... from Chaldea and Arabia into the land of Israel, and pursued their occupations
(Isaiah 8:19; 2 Kings 21:6; 2 Chronicles 33:6). This superstition widely spread ...
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... In this direction the absurdities and cruelties of superstition have carried
men to extreme lengths. In the case of Josephus we ...
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Exorcist (1 Occurrence)
... In this direction the absurdities and cruelties of superstition have carried
men to extreme lengths. In the case of Josephus we ...
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Enchantment (4 Occurrences)
... They were a constant incentive to idolatry, clouded the mind with superstition,
tended and were closely allied to imposture (Matthew 24:24). ...
/e/enchantment.htm - 16k

Dead (580 Occurrences)
... Because (1) such a custom would be a superstition involving the principle of opus
operarum; and (2) Paul could not share or even tolerate a contemporary idea ...
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Bible Concordance
Superstition (1 Occurrence)

Acts 25:19 But had certain questions against him of their own superstition, and of one Jesus, which was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.



Superstition and Superstitious

Superstition: General Scriptures Concerning

Superstition: Herod Antipas, Imagining That Jesus Was Actually John the Baptist Risen from the Dead

Superstition: Israelites

Superstition: Jews, Attributing Their Calamities to Having Ceased offering Sacrifices to the Queen of Heaven

Superstition: Nebuchadnezzar, Supposing That the Spirit of the Gods Was Upon Daniel

Superstition: Philistines

Superstition: The Belief of the Syrians Concerning the Help of the Gods

Superstition: The Disciples Who Were Frightened at the Appearance of Peter

Superstition: The Disciples, Supposing They Saw a Ghost when Jesus Came Walking Upon the Lake

Superstition: The Ephesians, in Their Sorceries

Superstition: The Gadarenes , Because Jesus Expelled Demons out of the Man Who Lived Among the Tombs

Superstition: The People of the Island of Melita , in Assuming That Paul Was some Sort of God

Superstition: The Sailors Who Threw Jonah Into the Sea

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