(AV) Aramaic for ‘Field of Blood’ and rendered Hakeldama by NRSV; ‘Aceldama which means “Blood Acre” ’ by REB (Acts 1:19): the field bought by Judas Iscariot with the reward given to him by the priests for betraying Jesus and where he had a fatal accident. But according to Matt. 27:7 the field, called the Potter's Field, was bought by the priests with the money Judas returned, for use as a cemetery.
Possibly the latter story originated as an attempt to explain the adopted name of the place. Matt. is attempting to demonstrate that it has all been foretold, and so he uses a mangled sentence from Zech. (11:13) and some isolated phrases in Jeremiah (18:2 and 32:9) as proof from prophecy.

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  • Aceldama — A*cel da*ma, n. [Gr. ?, fr. Syr. [=o]k[=e]l dam[=o] the field of blood.] The potter s field, said to have lain south of Jerusalem, purchased with the bribe which Judas took for betraying his Master, and therefore called {the field of blood}. Fig …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Aceldama — late 14c., potter s field near Jerusalem purchased with the blood money given to Judas Iscariot, lit. place of bloodshed, from Gk. Akeldama, from an Aramaic phrase akin to Syr. haqal dema the field of blood …   Etymology dictionary

  • Aceldama — [ə sel′də mə] n. [L < Gr Akeldama < Aram chakal dema, field of blood] 1. Bible the field near Jerusalem bought with the money given Judas for betraying Jesus: Acts 1:19; Matt. 27:8 2. a place of bloodshed …   English World dictionary

  • Aceldama — «Akeldama» redirige aquí. Para el álbum de The Faceless, véase Akeldama (álbum). Aceldama es el nombre del campo que Judas Iscariote compró con las treinta monedas que recibió por vender a Jesús. Otra versión quiere que Judas, tras devolver el… …   Wikipedia Español

  • aceldama — noun a) The potters field, said to have lain south of Jerusalem, purchased with the bribe which Judas took for betraying his master, and therefore called the field of blood. , The system of warfare ... which had already converted immense tracts… …   Wiktionary

  • Aceldama — noun Etymology: Greek Akeldama, from Aramaic ḥăqēl dĕmā, literally, field of blood Date: 14th century the potter s field bought with the money Judas had been paid for betraying Christ …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Aceldama — /euh sel deuh meuh, euh kel /, n. 1. the place near Jerusalem purchased with the bribe Judas took for betraying Jesus. Acts 1:18, 19. 2. any place of slaughter and bloodshed. Also, Akeldama. [ < L < Gk Akeldamá < Aram hagel dama field of blood] * …   Universalium

  • Aceldama —    The name which the Jews gave in their proper tongue, i.e., in Aramaic, to the field which was purchased with the money which had been given to the betrayer of our Lord. The word means field of blood. It was previously called the potter s field …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • aceldama — Synonyms and related words: Belsen, DMZ, abattoir, battle line, battle site, battlefield, battleground, butchery, combat area, combat zone, concentration camp, enemy line, field, field of battle, field of blood, firing line, front line, gas… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Aceldama — n. (New Testament) field near Jerusalem that was purchased with the money Judas Iscariot received for betraying Jesus; place that has very negative connotations …   English contemporary dictionary

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