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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Shambles

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1: μάκελλον

(Strong's #3111 — Noun Neuter — makellon — mak'-el-lon )

a term of late Greek borrowed from the Latin macellum, denotes a "meat market," translated "shambles" in 1 Corinthians 10:25 . The word is found in the koine, or vernacular Greek covering the time of the NT, illustrating this passage (see Deissmann, Light from the Ancient East, 274). A plan, drawn by Lietzmann, of a forum in Pompeii, shows both the slaughterhouse and the meat shop next to the chapel of Caesar. Some of the meat which had been used for sacrifical purposes was afterwards sold in the markets. The Apostle enjoins upon the believer to enter into no inquiry, so as to avoid the troubling of conscience (contrast 1 Corinthians 10:28 ).

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

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