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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary

Acra

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Ακρα . This Greek word signifies, in general, a citadel. The Syrians and Chaldeans use הקרא , in the same sense. King Antiochus gave orders for building a citadel at Jerusalem, north of the temple, on an eminence; which commanded the holy place; and for that reason was called Acra. Josephus says, that this eminence was semicircular, and that Simon Maccabaeus, having expelled the Syrians, who had seized Acra, demolished it, and spent three years in levelling the mountain on which it stood; that no situation in future should command the temple. On mount Acra were afterward built, the palace of Helena; Agrippa's palace, the place where the public records were lodged; and that where the magistrates of Jerusalem assembled.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Acra'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/wtd/a/acra.html. 1831-2.

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