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Easton's Bible Dictionary


a storehouse (Deu 28:8; Job 39:12; Hag 2:19) for grain, which was usually under ground, although also sometimes above ground (Luk 12:18).

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia


barn (meghurah, "a granary," "fear," Hag 2:19; acam, "a storehouse," Pr 3:10; mammeghurah, "a repository," Joe 1:17; apotheke, Mt 6:26; 13:30; Lu 12:18,24): A place for the storing of grain, usually a dry cistern in the ground, covered over with a thick layer of earth. "Grain is not stored in the East until it is threshed and winnowed. The apotheke in Roman times was probably a building of some kind. But the immemorial usage of the East has been to conceal the grain, in carefully prepared pits or caves, which, being perfectly dry, will preserve it for years. It thus escaped, as far as possible, the attentions of the tax-gatherer as well as of the robber-not always easily distinguished in the East; compare Jer 41:8" (Temple Dictionary, 215). Figurative of heaven (Mt 13:30).

Written by M. O. Evans



Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g596 Greek: apotheke


lit., "a place where anything is stored" (Eng., "apothecary"), hence denoted a garner, granary, barn, Mat 3:12; 6:26; 13:30; Luk 3:17; 12:18, 24. See also under GARNER.

Note: For tameion, "a storehouse, store-chamber," more especially "an inner chamber" or "secret room," Mat 6:6; 24:26; Luk 12:3, 24, see CHAMBER.

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