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Holman Bible Dictionary


In English “gallows” refers to the platform on which a person was hanged. The Hebrew term translated “gallows” in Esther (Esther 2:23; Esther 7:9-10;Esther 7:9-10;9:25 ) is the word for tree. It is frequently suggested that tree should be understood as “stake” and that those executed by the Persians were impaled rather than hung. The earliest Greek translation understood the passage in this sense.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Gallows'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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