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Field of Blood
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A field outside Jerusalem that Judas purchased with the 30 pieces of silver he received for betraying Christ and that received its name (meaning “field of blood”) from its being the site of Judas’ suicide (Acts 1:19).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
AKELDAMA (PLACE) [Gk Akeldamach (Ἀκελδαμαχ)]. An uninhabited area outside Jerusalem where Judas Iscariot committed suicide and was buried (Acts 1:19). The name “Akeldama” is derived from the Aramaic expression ḥăqēl dĕmaʾ (“field of blood”), which came to be attached to the location through its
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Blood, Field of
Blood, Field of. Name given to the field purchased with the “blood money” Judas accepted to betray Jesus (Mt 27:8; Acts 1:19). The field was purchased by the chief priests as a burial ground for strangers (formerly, the potter’s field). Judas hanged himself and burst open there. This account uses the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Akeldama ə-kelʹdə-mə [GK. Akeldamach (B), other MSS Akeldama (C, Koine), etc.]; AV ACELDAMA. A field said in Acts 1:19 to have been bought by Judas with the “thirty pieces of silver.” In Mt. 27:6–10 it is narrated that the priests took the silver pieces which Judas had thrown down into the sanctuary
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Blood, Field of
BLOOD, FIELD OF Name given to the field purchased with the “blood money” Judas accepted to betray Jesus (Mt 27:8; Acts 1:19). The field was purchased by the chief priests as a burial ground for strangers (formerly, the potter’s field). Judas hanged himself and his intestines burst open there. This account
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hakeldama (huh-kel´duh-muh; “field of blood”), the Aramaic name given in Acts 1:18–19 for the field that Judas Iscariot is said to have purchased with the money he received for betraying Jesus. The name of the field is said to derive from the gory death that Judas suffered there. In a different account,
potter’s field, a tract of land near Jerusalem used to bury strangers. According to Matt. 27:1–10, the field was purchased by the chief priests of Jerusalem with the thirty pieces of silver paid to Judas for betraying Jesus; it was thereafter called the Field of Blood, because it had been bought with
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ACELDAMA. This term for “field of blood” is found only in (Acts 1:19). The piece of land, which was formerly known as the potter’s field (cf. Jer. 18:2; 19:1, 2; Mt 27:7), was purchased by the priests with the betrayal money which Judas returned (Mt 27:3–10). Their intention was to use the ground as
POTTER’S FIELD. A field purchased by the members of the Sanhedrin with the money that Judas threw into the sanctuary (Mt 27:3–10). The priests had counseled among themselves that they would not refuse unlawfully gained money for sacred things. Since the money should have been returned to Judas according
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
AKELDAMA. Acts 1:19 gives the meaning of the word (in av Aceldama) as ‘field of blood’—the Aramaic phrase being ḥaqēl demâ. The ground was previously known as the Potter’s Field, and this has been equated with the Potter’s House (Je. 18:2) in the Hinnom Valley. Jerome placed it on the S side of this
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Akeldama (Gk. Akeldamách)The place Judas purchased with the money he received for betraying Jesus (Acts 1:18–19). Judas later suffered a fatal fall on his property, his blood spilling out onto the field, thus the name “Field of Blood” (transliterated from Aram. ḥăqēl dĕmaʾ). This account is often
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Akeldama [ə kĕlˊdə mə] (Gk. Akeldamach, Akeldama, possibly from Aram. ḥaqēl dema˓ “field of blood”; another suggestion is “field of sleeping”). The location where Judas committed suicide. At Acts 1:18–19 (KJV “Aceldama”) the term is a parenthesis in the explanation of the end of Judas Iscariot,
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Catholic Bible Dictionary
AKELDAMA (Aramaic, “field of blood”) A plot of land in the Hinnom Valley, south of Jerusalem, that was set aside as a place to bury strangers. The name Field of Blood became attached to the site after it was purchased for the burial of Judas Iscariot, who betrayed innocent blood. According to Acts 1:18,