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Abomination of Desolation

Abomination of Desolation. Tr. of the Gk. bdelugma erēmōseōs from 1 Maccabees 1. 54 and the Heb. shiqquz shomen from Daniel 12. 11. It refers to something idolatrous which was set up on the altar of the Jerusalem Temple in obedience to the command of Antiochus IV (Epiphanes)—possibly an image of Antiochus. It is then picked up in the New Testament (Matthew 24. 15, Mark 13. 14), where again the exact reference is uncertain.

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