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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary

#043 - ἀγκάλη

from agkos (a bend, "ache")
Parts of Speech
Noun Feminine
  1. the curve or inner angle of the arm, the bent arm
  2. anything closely enfolding, as the arms of the sea, etc.
Strong #: 2436 ‑ חֵק (khake, khake, khoke);  6102 ‑ עָצֵל (aw‑tsale);  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ἀγκάλη [], ,


1. bent arm, mostly in pl., ἐν ἀγκάλαις A. Ag. 723, Supp. 481, E. Alc. 351, al.; prov., ἐν ταῖς ἀ. περιΦέρειν τινά X. Cyr. 7.5.50; without ἐν, ἀγκάλαις ἔχειν, περιΦέρειν, E. IT 289, Or. 464; ἐπ' ἀγκάλαις λαβεῖν Id. Ion 761, cf. IT 1250; ἐς ἀ. Ion 1598; πρὸς ἀγκάλαις πεσεῖν ib. 962; ὑπ' ἀγκάλαις σταθείς Id. Andr. 747: rarely in sg., Corinn. 19 (s.v.l.); Φέρειν ἐν τῇ ἀ. Hdt. 6.61, cf. X.l.c., Timocl. 7.4.

2. bend of knee, Cael.Aur. TP 5.1.2.

II metaph., anything closely enfolding, κυμάτων ἐν ἀγκάλαις Archil. 23; πετραία ἀ. A. Pr. 1019; πόντιαι ἀ. Id. Ch. 587, cf. E. Or. 1378; πελαγίοις ἐν ἀ. Nausicr. 1.3; of the air, γῆν..ἔχονθ' ὑγραῖς ἐν ἀ. E. Fr. 941.

III bundle, sheaf, BGU 1180 (i B. C.), PLond. 1.131r396 (i A. D.), POxy. 935.19 (iii A. D.).

ἀγκάλη , -ης ,

(<ἄγκος , a bend),

[in LXX for H6102, H2436;]

the bent arm: Luke 2:28 (cf. ἐναγκαλίζομαι ).†

Vocabulary of the Greek NT

With the use of ἀγκάλη in Luke 2:28, cf. OGIS 56.60 (Canopus decree, B.C. 239) (τις) τῶν. . . ἱερέων πρὸς τὸν στολισμὸν τῶν θεῶν οἴσει ἐν ταῖς ἀγκαλαῖς. For the derived sense of ";bundle"; (i.e. ";armful";) see P Lond 131 recto .437 (A.D. 78–9) ( = I. p. 183) δεσμεύων ἀγκάλας, P Oxy VI. 935.18 ff. (iii/A.D.) ἡ μεταφ [ορὰ ] τῶν ἀνκαλῶν ἔστε εὐθ [ ]ως ὑπὸ τοῦ πατρός, ";the transport of the bundles will be performed immediately by my father"; (Edd.).

[Supplemental from 1930 edition]

ἀγκλη. Cf. ἀνκαλισμός in P Oxy XIV. 1631.9 (A.D. 280).

The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
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List of Word Forms
αγκάλαις αγκαλας αγκάλας ἀγκάλας αγκαλίδα αγκαλών ankalas ankálas
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