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Bethany

Overview page. Subjects: Biblical Studies.

The village of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, c.2 miles from Jerusalem, where Christ lodged during the week before His Passion. Its modern name is Ἁzaryah, i.e. ‘the place of Lazarus’. ‘Bethany...

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boat

Overview page. Subjects: Biblical Studies.

There are not many references to boats in the OT since the Hebrews were not a seafaring people; indeed the sea had connotations of evil (Ps. 107: 26; cf. Rev. 21: 1). However, in the NT...

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brothers and Sisters of Jesus

Overview page. Subjects: Biblical Studies.

Siblings of Jesus are referred to collectively twice in the Gospels. In the account of the “true kindred” (Matt. 12.46–50 par.), Jesus' mother and brothers come to speak to him ...

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club

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A thick heavy stick or staff for use as a weapon; prentices and clubs is recorded from the mid 16th century as the rallying cry of London apprentices.

A club is the emblem of St...

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crucifixion

Overview page. Subjects: Biblical Studies.

The execution of a person by nailing or binding them to a cross; practised by the ancient Greeks and Romans, and considered particularly ignominious; the Crucifixion, the killing of Jesus...

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Cyrene

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

An ancient Greek city in North Africa, near the coast in Cyrenaica, which from the 4th century bc was a great intellectual centre, with a noted medical school.

See also Simon of...

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ethnarch

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Biblical Studies.

NRSV marg. at 2 Cor. 11: 32 for the governor (‘commissioner’, REB) of Damascus, a Greek title offered to rulers of subject states in the Roman Empire. It was borne also by Simon, the last...

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Hasmoneans

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

Name given to the Maccabees in the Talmud. The Hasmoneans were a priestly family who led the rebellion against the Selucid kings in the 2nd cent. bce and established an autonomous Jewish...

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Hosanna

Overview page. Subjects: Biblical Studies.

Especially in biblical, Judaic, and Christian use, used to express adoration, praise, or joy. The word comes via Greek from Rabbinical Hebrew hōša῾nā, abbreviation of biblical hōšī῾ā-nnā ‘s...

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Magus

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Commonly used as the surname for Simon (Acts 8: 9–24) and meaning ‘magician’. He was rebuked by Peter for wanting to buy spiritual power—hence the English word ‘simony’. This Simon seems to...

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