A term derived from a Greek word meaning to injure the reputation of another. In the Bible it means showing contempt or a lack of reverence for God (Lev 24:16; Mark 2:7) or something sacred (Matt 26:65). This includes claiming divine attributes for oneself (Mark 14:64; John 10:33).

Lev 24:16

16One who blasphemes the name of the Lord shall be put to death; the whole congregation shall stone the blasphemer. Aliens as well as citizens, when they blasph ... View more

Mark 2:7

7“Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Matt 26:65

65Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy.

Mark 14:64

64You have heard his blasphemy! What is your decision?” All of them condemned him as deserving death.

John 10:33

33The Jews answered, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself G ... View more

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