| Magus, Simon
In Bible versions:
symbolic name for peoples from the remote corners of the earth
son of Japheth son of Noah
a symbol of all the pagan nations united against God
covering; roof; dissolving
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Magog = "overtopping: covering"
1) a land north of Israel from which the King of Gog will come
to attack Israel
3098 Magog mag-ogue'
of Hebrew origin (4031); Magog, a foreign nation, i.e. (figuratively)
an Antichristian party:-Magog.
see HEBREW for 04031
Magog = "land of Gog"
n pr m
1) the 2nd son of Japheth, grandson of Noah, and progenitor of
several tribes northward from Israel
n pr loc
2) the mountainous region between Cappadocia and Media and habitation
of the descendants of Magog, son of Japheth and grandson of Noah
4031 Magowg maw-gogue'
from 1463; Magog, a son of Japheth; also a barbarous northern
see HEBREW for 01463
region of Gog, the second of the "sons" of Japheth (Gen. 10:2; 1 Chr. 1:5). In Ezekiel (38:2; 39:6) it is the name of a nation, probably some Scythian or Tartar tribe descended from Japheth. They are described as skilled horsemen, and expert in the use of the bow. The Latin father Jerome says that this word denotes "Scythian nations, fierce and innumerable, who live beyond the Caucasus and the Lake Maeotis, and near the Caspian Sea, and spread out even onward to India." Perhaps the name "represents the Assyrian Mat Gugi, or 'country of Gugu,' the Gyges of the Greeks" (Sayce's Races, etc.).
(region of Gog
). In (Genesis 10:2
) Magog appears as the second son of Japheth; in (Ezekiel 38:2
) it appears as a country or people of which Gog was the prince. The notices of Magog would lead us to fix a northern locality: it is expressly stated by Ezekiel that "he was to come up from the sides of the north," (Ezekiel 39:2
) from a country adjacent to that of Togarmah or Armenia, ch. 58:6 and not far from "the isles" or maritime regions of Europe. ch. (Ezekiel 39:6
) The people of Magog further appear as having a force of cavalry, (Ezekiel 38:16
) and as armed with the bow. ch. (Ezekiel 39:3
) From the above data, may conclude that Magog represents the important race of the Scythians.
- ma'-gog (maghogh; Magog): Named among the sons of Japheth (Gen 10:2
; 1 Ch 1:5
). Ezekiel uses the word as equivalent to "land of Gog" (Ezek 38:2
). Josephus identifies the Magogites with the Scythians (Ant., I, vi, 1). From a resemblance between the names Gog and Gyges (Gugu), king of Lydia, some have suggested that Magog is Lydia; others, however, urge that Magog is probably only a variant of Gog (Sayce in HDB). In the Apocalypse of John, Gog and Magog represent all the heathen opponents of Messiah (Rev 20:8
), and in this sense these names frequently recur in Jewish apocalyptic literature.
John A. Lees