katapetasma: a curtain (the inner veil of the temple)Original Word: καταπέτασμα, ατος, τό
Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter
Phonetic Spelling: (kat-ap-et'-as-mah)
Short Definition: a veil, curtain
Definition: (lit: that which is spread out downwards, that which hangs down), a curtain, veil, of that which separated the Holy of Holies from the outer parts of the temple at Jerusalem, also of an outer curtain at the entrance to the Holy Place in the same temple.
NAS Exhaustive ConcordanceWord Origin
from kata and petannumi (to spread out)
a curtain (the inner veil of the temple)
Thayer's Greek LexiconSTRONGS NT 2665: καταπέτασμα
καταπέτασμα, καταπετάσματος, τό (καταπετάννυμι to spread out over, to cover), an Alex. Greek word for παραπέτασμα. which the other Greeks use from Herodotus down; a veil spread out, a curtain — the name given in the Greek Scriptures, as well as in the writings of Philo and Josephus, to the two curtains in the temple at Jerusalem (τά καταπετάσματα, 1 Macc. 4:51; (yet cf. Edersheim, Jesus the Messiah, 2:611)): one of them (Hebrew מָסָך) at the entrance of the temple separated the Holy place from the outer court (Exodus 26:37; Exodus 38:18; Numbers 3:26; Josephus, b. j. 5, 5, 4; it is called also τό κάλυμμα by the Sept. and Philo, Exodus 27:16; Numbers 3:25; Philo, vit. Moys. 3: §§ 5 and 9), the other veiled the Holy of holies from the Holy place (in Hebrew the פָּרֹכֶת; ἐνδοτερον καταπέτασμα, Josephus, Antiquities 8, 3, 3; τό ἐσωτατον καταπέτασμα Philo de gig. § 12; by the Sept. and Philo this is called pre-eminently τό καταπέτασμα, Exodus 26:31ff; Leviticus 21:23; Leviticus 24:3; Philo, vit. Moys. as above). This latter καταπέτασμα is the only one mentioned in the N. T.: τό καταπέτασμα τοῦ ναοῦ, Matthew 27:51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45; τό δεύτερον καταπέτασμα, Hebrews 9:3; τό ἐσώτερον τοῦ καταπετάσματος (cf. Leviticus 16:2, 12, 15; Exodus 26:33) the space more inward them the veil, equivalent to 'the space within the veil,' i. e. the Holy of holies, figuratively used of heaven, as the true abode of God, Hebrews 6:19; in a similar figurative way the body of Christ is called καταπέτασμα, in (Heb.)
Strong's Exhaustive Concordancea curtain or veil
see GREEK kata
see GREEK petomai
Forms and Transliterationsκαταπετασθή καταπετασμα καταπέτασμα καταπετάσματι καταπετασματος καταπετάσματος καταπέτασματος κατάπικροι κατεπήδησεν κατέπηξαν katapetasma katapétasma katapetasmatos katapetásmatos
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Englishman's ConcordanceStrong's Greek 2665
καταπέτασμα — 4 Occ.
καταπετάσματος — 2 Occ.
Matthew 27:51 N-NNS
GRK: ἰδοὺ τὸ καταπέτασμα τοῦ ναοῦ
NAS: And behold, the veil of the temple
KJV: behold, the veil of the temple
INT: behold the veil of the temple