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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words


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1: καταπέτασμα
(Strong's #2665 — Noun Neuter — katapetasma — kat-ap-et'-as-mah )

lit., "that which is spread out" (petannumi) "before" (kata), hence, "a veil," is used (a) of the inner "veil" of the tabernacle, Hebrews 6:19 ; 9:3 ; (b) of the corresponding "veil" in the Temple, Matthew 27:51 ; Mark 15:38 ; Luke 23:45 ; (c) metaphorically of the "flesh" of Christ, Hebrews 10:20 , i.e., His body which He gave up to be crucified, thus by His expiatory death providing a means of the spiritual access of believers, the "new and living way," into the presence of God.

2: κάλυμμα
(Strong's #2571 — Noun Neuter — kalumma — kal'-oo-mah )

"a covering," is used (a) of the "veil" which Moses put over his face when descending Mount Sinai, thus preventing Israel from beholding the glory, 2 Corinthians 3:13 ; (b) metaphorically of the spiritually darkened vision suffered retributively by Israel, until the conversion on the nation to their Messiah takes place, 2 Corinthians 3:14-16 . See under UNLIFTED.

3: περιβόλαιον
(Strong's #4018 — Noun Neuter — peribolaion — per-ib-ol'-ah-yon )

rendered "a veil" in the AV marg. of 1 Corinthians 11:15 : see COVER , B, No. 1, VESTURE.

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Veil'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. 1940.

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