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Akeldama

AKELDAMA (a-kĕl'da-ma, ASV, NIV, RSV; Aceldama, a-sĕl'da-ma, kjv; Hakeldama, ha-kĕl'da-ma, jb, nasb; Gr. Akeldama). The field purchased with the money Judas received for betraying Christ (Acts.1.18-Acts.1.19). Matt.27.3-Matt.27.10, with a fuller account of the purchase, says the priests bought it “as a burial place for foreigners.” Acts.1.18-Acts.1.19 is a parenthesis, an explanation by Luke, not part of Peter’s speech. These verses say that “with the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field.” The priests apparently bought it in Judas’ name, the money having been his. The field was called “the place of blood” in Aramaic. Some think the Aramaic word means “field of sleep,” or “cemetery,” but the meaning “field of blood” is preferable, and it is appropriate because of the manner of Judas’ death, the gruesome details being given in Acts.1.18.