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Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament

Abomination

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Like the word ‘taste’-originally a physical, then a mental term,-‘abomination’ denotes that for which God and His people have a violent distaste. It refers in the OT to the feeling: of repulsion against prohibited foods (Leviticus 11:10, Deuteronomy 14:3), then to everything connected with idolatry (Deuteronomy 7:25, Romans 2:22 [Gr.]).* [Note: the well-known expression, ‘abomination of desolation,’ applied to a heathen altar (Daniel 12:11; cf. 1 Maccabees 1:54, Matthew 24:15, Mark 13:14). See art. ‘Abomination of Desolation’ in HDB.] Thence it acquires a moral meaning, and together with fornication stigmatizes all the immoralities of heathendom (Revelation 17:4-5). Its intensest use is reserved for hypocrisy, the last offence against religion (Luke 16:15, Titus 1:16, Revelation 21:27).

Sherwin Smith.


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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Abomination'. Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hdn/a/abomination.html. 1906-1918.

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