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GREEK: 184 Akeldama Akeldama
NAVE: Akeldama Hakeldama
Haiel | Hail | Hail! | Hair | Hair, Plucking Of The | Hakeldama | Hakilah | Hakkatan | Hakkoz | Hakupha | Halah


In Bible versions:

Hakeldama: NET NRSV NASB
Akeldama: AVS NIV TEV
the field Judas purchased with the money he received for betraying Jesus, and where he killed himself.
Google Maps: Akeldama (31° 46´, 35° 14´)


Strongs #184: Akeldama Akeldama

Aceldama = "Field of Blood"

1) a field purchased with Judas's betrayal money, located near

184 Akeldama ak-el-dam-ah'

of Chaldee origin (meaning field of blood; corresponding to 2506 and
1818); Akeldama, a place near Jerusalem:-Aceldama.
see HEBREW for 02506
see HEBREW for 01818

Akeldama [NAVE]

See: Aceldama.

Hakeldama [NAVE]

See: Blood, Field Of.


Revised Version of (Acts 1:19) for ACELDAMA.


AKELDAMA - a-kel'-da-ma (Akeldama, or, in many manuscripts, Akeldamach; the King James Version, Aceldama): A field said in Acts 1:19 to have been bought by Judas with the "thirty pieces of silver." In Mt 27:6,7 it is narrated that the priests took the silver pieces which Judas had "cast down .... into the sanctuary" and "bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day." Doubtless it was a supposed connection between this potter's field and the potter's house (Jer 18:2) and the Valley of the Son of Hinnom (Jer 19:2) which influenced the selection of the present site which, like the Aramaic h-q-l-d-m-' (Dalman), is today known as haqq-ed-dumm, "field of blood."

Tradition, which appears to go back to the 4th century, points to a level platform on, and some distance up, the southern slope of the Wady er Rababi (Valley of Hinnom) just before it joins the Kidron Valley. Upon this spot there is a very remarkable ruin (78 ft. x 57 ft.) which for many centuries was used as a charnel house. The earth here was reputed to have the property of quickly consuming dead bodies. So great was its reputation that vast quantities of it are said to have been transported in 1215 AD to the Campo Santo at Pisa. When this building was standing entire, the bodies were lowered into it through five openings in the roof and then left to disintegrate, so that a few years ago there were very many feet of bones all over the floor. These have now been removed. A little Southeast of this ruin is a new Greek monastery erected in recent years over the remains of a large number of cave tombs; many of the bones from "Akeldama" are now buried here.

E. W. G. Masterman

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