potter's field

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A burial place for paupers and strangers, with biblical allusion to Matthew 27:7. The field was bought with the thirty pieces of silver paid to Judas for the betrayal of Jesus by the priests, which the repentant and despairing Judas had returned to them. It is also called Aceldama.

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