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Matt 27:1–10 and Acts 1:15–20 (death of Judas) presuppose the existence of an otherwise unattested field which according to Matthew served as a necropolis for foreigners and was called the “Field of Blood” (Aram. ḥaqēl damā; Graecized in Acts 1:19 as ʿΑκελδαμάχ/hakeldamách; translated in Matt 27:8 as ἀγρὸς αἵματος/agrós haímatos and in Acts 1:19 as χωρίον αἵματος/chōríon haímatos). Matthew and Acts, however, give the designation differing aetiological interpretations. Pilgrimage accounts from Late Antiquity (CChr.SL 175.167, 198) locate…

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Bieberstein, Klaus, “Akeldama”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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