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Executioner

Executioner [N] [S]

( Mark 6:27 ). Instead of the Greek word, Mark here uses a Latin word, speculator, which literally means "a scout," "a spy," and at length came to denote one of the armed bodyguard of the emperor. Herod Antipas, in imitation of the emperor, had in attendance on him a company of speculatores. They were sometimes employed as executioners, but this was a mere accident of their office. (See MARK, GOSPEL OF .)

These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Executioner". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Executioner. [N] [E]

The post of executioner was one of high dignity. Potiphar was "captain of the executioners." ( Genesis 37:36 ) see margin. That the "captain of the guard" himself occasionally performed the duty of an executioner appears from ( 1 Kings 2:25 1 Kings 2:34 )


[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Executioner'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.