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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words


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1: δῶμα
(Strong's #1430 — Noun Neuter — doma — do'-mah )

akin to demo, "to build," denotes a housetop. The housetop was flat, and guarded by a low parapet wall (see Deuteronomy 22:8 ). It was much frequented and used for various purposes, e.g., for proclamations, Matthew 10:27 ; Luke 12:3 ; for prayer, Acts 10:9 . The house was often built round a court, across the top of which cords were fixed from the parapet walls for supporting a covering from the heat. The housetop could be reached by stairs outside the building; the paralytic in Luke 5:19 could be let down into the court or area by rolling back the covering. External flight from the housetop in time or danger is enjoined in Matthew 24:17 ; Mark 13:15 ; Luke 17:31 .

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Housetop'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. 1940.

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