The market was a central feature of life in biblical times. Some of the biblical terms for redemption are drawn from the market-place.
The market as a place of commerce
Other activities in the market-place
It was where labourers waited for hire Mt 20:3
It was where meat was sold 1Co 10:25 Some of this meat had come from pagan sacrifices.
It was where magistrates were present Ac 16:19
God’s work in the market-place
Jesus Christ healed the sick Mk 6:56
Paul preached Ac 17:16-17
Sins in the market-place
The temple courts become a market
Markets will be destroyed in judgmentSee also Zep 1:11; Rev 18:11-13
Biblical terms for redemption are drawn from market language
God’s people have been redeemed Gal 4:4-5 The Greek word “exagorazo” means “to buy” and was used, for example, of the buying of slaves. See also Gal 3:13-14; Rev 14:3 The Greek “agorazo”, translated here as “redeemed”, may also be translated as “bought”. Elsewhere (e.g., Tit 2:14; 1Pe 1:18), “lutro” meaning “to release” is used, conveying a similar idea.
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