Common (κοινός). The Greek term properly signifies what belongs to all (as in Wisdom of Song 6:3, κοινὸς ἀήρ), but the Hellenists applied it (like the Hebrew הֹל) to what was profane, i.e. not holy, and therefore of common or promiscuous use (Ac 10:14). They also applied the term to what was inpure, whether naturally or legally (as in Mr 7:2, compared with 1 Maccabees 1:47, 62). Finally, it was used of meats forbidden, or such as had been partaken of by idolaters, and which, as they rendered the partakers thereof impure, were themselves called κοινά (common), and ἀκάθαρτα (unclean) (see Kuinil on Ac 10:14). SEE CLEAN.

Definition of common

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