Aceldama

[uh-sel-duh-muh, uh-kel-]
noun
  1. the place near Jerusalem purchased with the bribe Judas took for betraying Jesus. Acts 1:18, 19.
  2. any place of slaughter and bloodshed.
Also Akeldama.

Origin of Aceldama

< Latin < Greek Akeldamá < Aramaic ḥăgēl dəmā field of blood
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Aceldama

noun
  1. New Testament the place near Jerusalem that was bought with the 30 pieces of silver paid to Judas for betraying Jesus (Matthew 27:8; Acts 1:19)

Word Origin for Aceldama

C14: from Aramaic haqēl demā field of blood
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Word Origin and History for aceldama

Aceldama

late 14c., potter's field near Jerusalem purchased with the blood-money given to Judas Iscariot, literally "place of bloodshed," from Greek Akeldama, from an Aramaic phrase akin to Syriac haqal dema "the field of blood."

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