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Strong's #2417 - ἱερόσυλος

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  1. guilty of sacrilege
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ἱερόσῡλ-ος, ὁ,


I temple-robber, or generally, sacrilegious person, Ar. Pl. 30, Lys. 30.21, Pl. R. 344b, Men. Epit. 560, etc.: fem., ib. 504: ἱερόσυλε γραῦ ib. 524: neut. as Adj., ἱ. θηρία Id. Pk. 176.

II of things, got by sacrilege, παροψίδες Eub. 7.4.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἱερόσυλος, ἱερόσυλον (from ἱερόν and συλάω), guilty of sacrilege: Acts 19:37 (A. V. robbers of temples; cf. Lightfoot in The Contemp. Rev. for 1878, p. 294f). (2 Macc. 4:42; Aristophanes, Xenophon, Plato, Polybius, Diodorus, others.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

** ἱερόσυλος , -ον

(< ἱερόν , συλάω ),

[in LXX: 2 Maccabees 4:42 (cf. -λημα , 2 Maccabees 4:39; -λία , 2 Maccabees 13:6)*;]

robbing temples: Acts 19:37.†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

The wider sense, which we have seen the corresponding verb has in Romans 2:22 (see s.v. ἱεροσυλέω), also attaches to ἱερόσυλος in Acts 19:37 (cf. 2 Maccabees 4:42), where Ramsay (Hastings’ DB i. p. 441) understands οὔτε ἱεροσύλους οὔτε βλασφημοῦντας τὴν θεάν as implying ";guilty neither in act nor in language of disrespect to the established religion of our city"; : see further CRE.5 p. 260, and Lightfoot Essays on Supernatural Religion, p. 299 f., who cites an inscr. found in this very temple of Ephesus, though of a later date than the passage in Acts,— ἔστω ἱεροσυλία καὶ ἀσέβεια, ";let it be regarded as sacrilege and impiety"; (Wood Inscr. vi. 1, p. 14). Other exx. of the adj. from the inscrr. are Syll 523.49 (iii/B.C.) ὁ δὲ εἴ ]πας ἢ [πρήξ ]ας τι παρὰ τόνδε τὸν νόμον. . . ἔστω ἱερόσυλος, ib. 602.8 (iv/iii B.C.) ἢν δέ τις [τὴν στήλην ] ἀφαν [ίζηι ἢ τὰ γράμματα ], πασχέτω ὡς ἱερόσυλος, and ib. 680.10 (Rom.). The new Menander shows several exx. of ἱερόσυλε used in abuse with a general sense (cf. ";horse-thief";) : e.g. Menandrea, p. 60.333 ἱερ [ ]συλε παῖ, p. 38.524 ἱερόσυλε γραῦ.


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List of Word Forms
ιεροσυλους ιεροσύλους ἱεροσύλους hierosylous hierosýlous ierosulous
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