Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.
The Greek word (praitorion) thus rendered in Mk. 15:16
is rendered "common hall" (Mt. 27:27
, marg., "governor's house"), "judgment hall," (Jn. 18:28, 33
, marg., "Pilate's house", 19:9; Acts 23:35
), "palace" (Phil. 1:13
). This is properly a military word. It denotes
- the general's tent or headquarters;
- the governor's residence, as in Acts 23:35 (R.V., "palace"); and
- the praetorian guard, or the camp or quarters of the praetorian cohorts (Acts 28:16), the imperial guards in immediate attendance on the emperor, who was "praetor" or commander-in-chief.
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