Dictionary of Bible Themes
The market was a central feature of life in biblical times. Some of the biblical terms for redemption are drawn from the market-place.
1 Kings 20:34 Ahab's treaty with Ben-Hadad suggests that by the 9th century B.C. there was a highly developed system of international trade.
International trade in Tyre:
The market as a place of commerce
Methods of trading
Other activities in the market-place
It was where children played
It was where labourers waited for hire
It was where meat was sold
1 Corinthians 10:25 Some of this meat had come from pagan sacrifices.
It was where magistrates were present
God's work in the market-place
Jesus Christ healed the sick
Sins in the market-place
Greed, dishonesty and materialism
The hypocrisy of the Pharisees
The temple courts become a market
Markets will be destroyed in judgment
Biblical terms for redemption are drawn from market language
In the gospel call
God's people have been bought
God's people have been redeemed
Galatians 4:4-5 The Greek word “exagorazo” means “to buy” and was used, for example, of the buying of slaves. See also Galatians 3:13-14; Revelation 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.
Redeeming the time
The Greek “exagorazo” here translated as “make the most of”: