Shambles (μάκελλον, from the Lat. macellum, a meat market). Markets for the sale of meat appear to have been unknown in Judaea previous to the Roman conquest. We learn from the Talmud that most of the public butchers under the Romans were Gentiles, and that the Jews were forbidden to deal with them because they exposed the flesh of unclean beasts for sale. Hence Paul, dissuading the Corinthian converts from adopting Jewish scruples, says, "Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no questions for conscience' sake" (1Co 10:25). SEE ALISGEMA.

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