potters field

potter's field

noun (sometimes initial capital letters)
a piece of ground reserved as a burial place for strangers and the friendless poor. Matt. 27:7.

Origin:
1520–30

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potter's field
 
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1.  (US) a cemetery where the poor or unidentified are buried at the public expense
2.  New Testament the land bought by the Sanhedrin with the money paid for the betrayal of Jesus (which Judas had returned to them) to be used as a burial place for strangers and the friendless poor (Acts 1:19; Matthew 27:7)

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Potters field definition


the name given to the piece of ground which was afterwards bought with the money that had been given to Judas. It was called the "field of blood" (Matt. 27:7-10). Tradition places it in the valley of Hinnom. (See ACELDAMA.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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