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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary


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According to the Greek idiom, all other nations, however learned and polite they might be, were "barbarians." Hence Paul comprehends all mankind under the names of "Greeks and barbarians," Romans 1:14 . Luke calls the inhabitants of the island of Malta, "barbarians," Acts 28:2,4 . Indeed, "barbarian" is used in Scripture for every stranger or foreigner who does not speak the native language of the writer, Psalm 114:1 , and includes no implication whatever of savage nature or manners in those respecting whom it is used.

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Barbarian'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. 1859.

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