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Agora
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A common element of an ancient Greek city, or polis (Pausanias, Description of Greece 10.4.1). Like a forum in a Roman city, the agora served as both market and gathering place for a city’s people. Plato and Aristotle both considered an agora to be an essential component of the polis (Plato, Republic 371b-d; Aristotle, Politics 1321b).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Agora
Agora (ἀγορά, agora; often translated “marketplace”). A common element of an ancient Greek city, or polis (Pausanias, Description of Greece 10.4.1). Like a forum in a Roman city, the agora served as both market and gathering place for a city’s people. Plato and Aristotle both considered an agora to be
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Agora (Place)
AGORA (PLACE) [Gk agora (ἀγορα)]. A gathering place in the city or town that was used for business, social, and political purposes. The word derives from ageirein, meaning “to bring together.” Paul and Silas were dragged to the agora at Philippi by irate citizens who were bringing a complaint there
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Agora
agora (ag´uh-ruh), the center of the lower part of a Greek town. The usual translation “marketplace” (Matt. 20:3; Luke 7:32; Acts 16:19; 17:17) does not do justice to its function as the place where people gathered for social and political as well as commercial business. In the early phases of Greek
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Agora
AGORA. The gathering place was the public open space in town, city, or country where the people congregated. From its use for display and exchange of goods, it was called the marketplace or bazaar. It was often at or near the gate of the city, as the bazaar of Old Jerusalem just inside the Damascus Gate.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Agora
AGORA The conventional name for the town center or town square during the Greco-Roman period. It was used especially as a gathering place for markets and civic assemblies (Matt 11:16, 20:3; Mark 6:56; Acts 16:19, 17:17).
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Agora
AG´ORA (agʹo-ra). The marketplace or public square of a Greek city, where men assembled to debate or transact civic business. In the agora at Athens the apostle Paul met daily and disputed with those who were there (Acts 17:17). The Athenian marketplace has been completely excavated by the American School
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Agora
Agoraagora (agʹuh-ruh), the center of the lower part of a Greek town. The usual translation ‘marketplace’ does not do justice to its function as the place where people gathered for social and political as well as commercial business. In the early phases of Greek city development, the agora was a natural
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Agora
AGORA [ah GOE ruh] — the Greek word for Marketplace (Acts 16:19). The agora was a large open space, often found near the gates of cities in New Testament times, where goods were bought and sold. The agora was also the site for public assemblies. While in Athens, the apostle Paul shared his faith with
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Agora
agora ag′uh-ruh. Transliteration of a Greek term (agora G59) that refers to a marketplace, usually the center of public life. See market, marketplace.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
AGORA
AGORA [רְחֹבrekhov; ἀγορά agora]. Few references to the “agora,” or “public square” occur in the OT. Typically it denotes a wide, open area near the city gate. It depicts the site of formal and informal assembly (Prov 1:20), public lament, celebration, or socializing (Prov 7:12), judging (Ps 55:11),