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Leg

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1: σκέλος
(Strong's #4628 — Noun Neuter — skelos — skel'-os )

"the leg from the hip downwards," is used only of the breaking of the "legs" of the crucified malefactors, to hasten their death, John 19:31-33 (a customary act, not carried out in the case of Christ, in fullfillment of Exodus 12:46; Numbers 9:12 ). The practice was known as skelokopia (from kopto, "to stike"), or, in Latin, crurifragium (from crus, "a leg," and frango, "to break").

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Leg'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/l/leg.html. 1940.

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