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Entry for Strong's #902 - βαΐον

Word Origin
a diminutive of a derivative probably of the base of (939)
Parts of Speech
Noun Neuter
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. a palm branch
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

βάϊον, τό,

I = cross βάϊς, John 12:13; for gen. pl. βαΐων v. cross βάϊς.

II measuring-rod, β. δικαίῳ ἑξαπήχει PFlor. 37.3 (v/vi A.D.), cf. BGU 1094.12 (vi A.D.).

Thayer's Expanded Definition

βάϊον (others also βάϊον (or even βάϊον, Chandler edition 1, p. 272); on its derivation (from the Egyptian) cf. Stephanus' Thesaurus under the word βάϊς), βαιου, τό, a palm-branch; with τῶν φονικων added (so Test xii. Patr. test. Naph. § 5) (after the fashion of οἰκοδεσπότης τῆς οἰκίας, ὑποπόδιον τῶν ποδῶν (cf. Winer's Grammar, 603 (561))), John 12:13. (A Biblical and ecclesiastical word: 1 Macc. 13:51; Song of Solomon 7:8 Symm.; Leviticus 23:40 unknown translation. In the Greek church Palm-Sunday is called κυριακῇ τῶν βαΐων. Cf. Fischer, De vitiis Lexicons of the N. T., p. 18ff; (Sturz, Dial. Maced. etc., p. 88f; especially Sophocles' Lexicon, under the word).)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

**† βαΐον , ου , τό

(also βὰϊον , another form of βὰϊς , from the Egyptian),

[in LXX: 1 Maccabees 13:51 *;]

(freq. in Egyptian Papyri, v. MM, Exp., x);

a palm-branch: John 12:13 (DB, i, 314).†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

This word, apparently of Egyptian origin, which is found in Bibl. Grk only in 1 Maccabees 13:51, John 12:13, occurs in the late P Flor I. 37.3 (v/vi A.D.) δικαίῳ βαΐῳ , of a palm branch used as a measuring rod. βαία is quoted in P Tebt II. p. 69 from a text edited by Wessely; and βαΐων occurs in P Leid Vvii. 17, but with βαΐς as nom. in preceding line. The form βαΐον is presumed by the compounds βαιοφορεῖν and βαιοφορία : see P Tebt II. 294.10 (application for the purchase of a priestly office—A.D. 146), where the writer promises ";to carry the β ."; and perform all the other needful offices, also 295.11 (A.D. 126–38) and 599 (ii/A.D.). For the form βαΐς see P Lond 131 recto.384 (A.D. 78–9) (= I. p. 181) βαεῖς , P Oxy IX. 1211.8 (ii/A.D.) βαῒς χλωρᾶς ι ̄ς ̄ (cf. P Leid Wvi. 50—ii/iii A.D.—λαβὼν βαῒν χλωράν ), and BGU II. 362 (A.D. 215) ter in the phrase ὑπὸ δένδρα καὶ βαΐς : Wilcken Chrest. I. p. 128 prints β [ᾶις ]—ought it to be acc. pl. βαεῖς ? In view of the above evidence the word makes yet another deduction from the fast vanishing list of ";bibl. and eccles."; words in Grimm.



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βαια βαϊα βαΐα βακτηρία βακτηρίαι βακτηρίαν βακτηρίας baia baḯa
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