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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Assassin

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1: σικάριος
(Strong's #4607 — Noun Masculine — sikarios — sik-ar'-ee-os )

is a Latin word (sicarius, "from" sica, "a dagger") denoting "one who carries a dagger or short sword under his clothing, an assassin," Acts 21:38 , RV. Here it is used as a proper name (see the RV) of the Sicarii, "assassins," the fanatical Jewish faction which arose in Judea after Felix had rid the country of the robbers referred to by Josephus (Ant., XX). They mingled with the crowds at festivals and stabbed their political opponents unobserved (AV, "murderers").


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

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Monday, June 1st, 2020
the Week of Proper 4 / Ordinary 9
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