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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #596 - ἀποθήκη
1. any place wherein to lay up a thing, magazine, storehouse, Th. 6.97; ἀ. βιβλίων Luc. Ind. 5; ἀ. σωμάτων burial-place, Id. Cont. 22.
2. refuge, Philist. 59.
II anything laid by, store, ἀποθήκην ποιεῖσθαι ἐς τὸν Πέρσην lay up store of favour with him, Hdt. 8.109.
The word is by no means so common as might have been expected. In the Indexes to Oxyrhynchus Papyri I.-X. it is only noted once, namely P Oxy I. 43 versoiii. 29 (A.D. 295). See also BGU I. 32.3, ib. III. 816.5 (iii/A.D.), and ib. 931.2 (iii/iv A.D.) ἐμετρήθη ἀπὸ ἀποθήκης τῆς μέσης ἐλαίου μετρητὰς γ ̄—these are the only occurrences in BGU I.-IV. In P Tebt II. 347 (a banking account, ii/A.D.) the word is repeatedly prefixed to different items, ";the sums so indicated being apparently ‘deposited’ (in a bank?)"; (Edd.). Add Syll 734.84 (Cos) μηδ᾽ ἀποθήκηι χρᾶσθαι τ [ῆι αὐλ ]ῆι τῆι ἐν τῶι ἱερῶι, and Chrest. II. 96i. 6 (after A.D. 350), where counsel pleads that the defendant should give up ¼ of δωρεᾶς καὶ ἀποθήκης, ἢ τὴν ἀποκατάστασιν ἡμῖν ποιήσασθαι τούτων : Mitteis (p. 116) explains these as ";donatio propter nuptias?"; and ";ein Geschäftsladen."; Prof. Thumb notes that the noun survived in Romance (Span. bodega, Fr. boutique) : this reinforces its ancient Hellenistic record.
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