Dividing Wall of Hostility
Dividing Wall • Middle Wall • Middle Wall of Partition • Partition • Wall of Partition
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Hostility, Dividing Wall of
Hostility, Dividing Wall of[Gk tó mesótoichon toú phragmoú] (Eph. 2:14); AV, ASV, MIDDLE WALL OF PARTITION; NEB DIVIDING WALL BETWEEN THEM. The Greek expression tó mesótoichon toú phragmoú joins two words for wall. Gk. mesótoichon, which occurs only here in the NT, refers to a partition within
Middle Wall of Partition
Middle Wall of Partition (Eph. 2:14, AV). See Hostility, Dividing Wall of.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Middle Wall of Partition
MIDDLE WALL OF PARTITION. A Pauline figure of speech of signify the removal of enmity between the Jew and the Gentile, bringing about the unity of the Body of Christ, the Church (Eph 2:14). Literally, it refers to an actual wall in the temple of Jerusalem beyond which no Gentile might safely pass (see
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Dividing Wall, Barrier of
DIVIDING WALL, BARRIER OF. The expression used by Paul to designate the Mosaic law as the dividing line between the Jews and Gentiles (Eph. 2:14). The argument of the verse is as follows: Christ has procured peace. Then follows a statement of how Christ became our peace, having “made both groups into
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Middle Wall
MIDDLE WALL — a barrier or partition that divided the inner court of the Temple, open only to Jews, from the Court of the Gentiles. The Jewish historian Josephus described this partition as a stone wall, inscribed with warnings to Gentiles not to enter the holy place of the Temple, under threat of death.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
PARTITION, THE MIDDLE WALL OF<par-tish’-un>, <par-tish’-un> ([τὸ μεσότοιχον του̂ φραγμου̂, to mesotoichon tou phragmou] (Ephesians 2:14)):
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Partition, Middle Wall of
Par-tiʹtion, Midʹdle Wall of, a supposed reference to the wall in the temple-area which separated the Court of Israel from the Court of the Gentiles (Eph. 2:14). It is figuratively employed by the apostle Paul to denote whatever in the ceremonial Law separated the Jews from the Gentiles. This ceremonial
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Middle Wall
MIDDLE WALL Term is found in Eph. 2:14 and variously translated: “middle wall of partition” (KJV); “dividing wall of hostility” (HCSB, NRSV, NIV); “barrier of the dividing wall” (NASB); “barrier of enmity which separated them” (REB). Investigation of the term has yielded several possible interpretations.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
Wall of Partition
wall of partition. The KJV uses the phrase “the middle wall of partition” to translate to mesotoichon tou phragmou, which occurs only once (Eph. 2:14).The noun mesotoichon G3546 (from mesos G3545, “middle” or “between,” and toichos G5526 [variant of teichos G5446], “wall”) is rare, but it clearly refers
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Partition, the Middle Wall Of
PARTITION, pär-tish′un, par-tish′un, THE MIDDLE WALL OF (τὸ μεσότοιχον τοῦ φραγμοῦ, tó mesótoichon toú phragmoú [Eph 2:14]): What Paul here asserts is that Christ is our peace, the peace of both Jewish and gentile believers.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
DIVIDING WALL [τὸ μεσότοιχον τοῦ φραγμοῦ to mesotoichon tou phragmou]. The Temple Mount in JERUSALEM was divided into different courtyards of increasing levels of purity. The largest, outermost area was open to Gentiles, but a low partition wall, about 1.5 m high with signs in Greek and Latin warning