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aceldama


aceldama


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Aceldama  \A*cel"da*ma\,  n.  [Gr.  ?,  fr  Syr.  [=o]k[=e]l  dam[=o] 
  the  field  of  blood.] 
  The  potter's  field,  said  to  have  lain  south  of  Jerusalem, 
  purchased  with  the  bribe  which  Judas  took  for  betraying  his 
  Master,  and  therefore  called  the  field  of  blood.  Fig.:  A 
  field  of  bloodshed. 
 
  The  system  of  warfare  .  .  .  which  had  already  converted 
  immense  tracts  into  one  universal  aceldama.  --De 
  Quincey. 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Aceldama 
  the  name  which  the  Jews  gave  in  their  proper  tongue,  i.e.,  in 
  Aramaic,  to  the  field  which  was  purchased  with  the  money  which 
  had  been  given  to  the  betrayer  of  our  Lord.  The  word  means 
  "field  of  blood."  It  was  previously  called  "the  potter's  field" 
  (Matt.  27:7,  8;  Acts  1:19),  and  was  appropriated  as  the 
  burial-place  for  strangers.  It  lies  on  a  narrow  level  terrace  on 
  the  south  face  of  the  valley  of  Hinnom.  Its  modern  name  is  Hak 
  ed-damm. 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Aceldama,  field  of  blood