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a-si'-lum: The custom of fleeing to specially sacred places to obtain the protection of a deity is found all over the world (Post, Grundriss, II, 252). In ancient Israel we meet with it in two forms-the asylum of the altar and the asylum of the cities of refuge. The altar at the House of God was a place to which persons in danger fled for protection (1 Kings 1:50; 1 Kings 2:28). It had horns and must not be confused with the altars of earth or stone that were used for lay sacrifices. See ALTAR; SANCTUARY. Exodus 21:14 provides that a murderer is to be taken from the altar to be put to death. The law of the cities of refuge proceeds upon a somewhat different principle. Its objects are

(1) to shield a homicide from the avenger of blood until trial, and

(2) to provide a refuge for the manslayer who has not been guilty of murder. There is one reference to the institution in the history of the kingdom (2 Samuel 14:14). For the legal and geographical information, see CITIES OF REFUGE; HOMICIDE.

Harold M. Wiener

Strong's Hebrew
4733. miqlat -- refuge, asylum
... 4732, 4733. miqlat. 4734 . refuge, asylum. Transliteration: miqlat Phonetic
Spelling: (mik-lawt') Short Definition: refuge. Word ...
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2767. Chormah -- "asylum," a place in Simeon
... 2766, 2767. Chormah. 2768 . "asylum," a place in Simeon. Transliteration:
Chormah Phonetic Spelling: (khor-maw') Short Definition: Hormah. ...
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4720. miqdash -- a sacred place, sanctuary
... 17) {mik-ked-awsh'}; from qadash; a consecrated thing or place, especially, a palace,
sanctuary (whether of Jehovah or of idols) or asylum -- chapel, hallowed ...
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4583. maon -- dwelling, habitation
... from the same as ownah; an abode, of God (the Tabernacle or the Temple), men (their
home) or animals (their lair); hence, a retreat (asylum) -- den, dwelling ...
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4152. muadah -- appointed
... Word Origin from yaad Definition appointed NASB Word Usage appointed (1). appointed.
From ya'ad; an appointed place, ie Asylum -- appointed. see HEBREW ya'ad. ...
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Of the Asylum of Juno in Troy, which Saved no one from the Greeks ...
... The City of God.Book I. Chapter 4."Of the Asylum of Juno in Troy, Which Saved No
One from the Greeks; And of the Churches of the Apostles, Which Protected ...
// of god/chapter 4 of the asylum of.htm

Anniversary of an Orphan Asylum.
... PHILANTHROPIC SUBJECTS. 788. " Anniversary of an Orphan Asylum. 788. LM Mrs.
Nichols. Anniversary of an Orphan Asylum. 1 Our Father! ...
/.../adams/hymns for christian devotion/788 anniversary of an.htm

For a Public Hospital or Asylum.
... PHILANTHROPIC SUBJECTS. 787. " For a Public Hospital or Asylum. 787. LM
Montgomery. For a Public Hospital or Asylum. 1 When, like ...
/.../ for christian devotion/787 for a public.htm

HymnFor the British Orphan Asylum.
... ORIGINAL HYMNS HYMN CCCXLIV. Hymn for the British Orphan Asylum. James
Montgomery. Hymn for the British Orphan Asylum. Thou Father of the fatherless,. ...
/.../montgomery/sacred poems and hymns/hymn cccxliv hymn for the.htm

The Almora Mission.
... [Sidenote: THE LEPER ASYLUM.]. ... Much has been done for the inmates of this asylum
at the cost of personal labour, great anxiety, and a heavy expenditure. ...
/.../chapter xxi the almora mission.htm

... Dr. Reed is best known in England as the founder of the London Orphan Asylum, the
Asylum for Fatherless Children, The Asylum for Idiots, the Infant Orphan ...
// writers of the church/reed.htm

The Disturbance which the Greeks and Christians had About Attalus. ...
... The Courageous Saros; Alaric, by a Stratagem, obtains Possession of Rome,
and protected the Sacred Asylum of the Apostle Peter. ...
/.../chapter ix the disturbance which the.htm

Introduction to the Two Homilies on Eutropius.
... Yet he knew that the law prohibiting asylum had been resented and resisted by the
Church and it might be that the Archbishop would connive at the violation of ...
/.../chrysostom/on the priesthood/introduction to the two homilies.htm

Visitors and Pastimes
... After a few short successful years, however, all hopes were blighted;
he was thrown into an insane asylum a physical wreck. The ...
/.../byrum/how john became a man/chapter vi visitors and pastimes.htm

On the Government of God
... Arvandus, 105n. Assyrians, 198, 206. Asylum, 150. Athens, 230. Athletes, 162. ...
Brassicanus, 31, 32. Brouwer, 181n. Asylum, 150. Bruni, G., 25n, 32n, 233. ...
// the government of god/index 2.htm

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) A sanctuary or place of refuge and protection, where criminals and debtors found shelter, and from which they could not be forcibly taken without sacrilege.

2. (n.) Any place of retreat and security.

3. (n.) An institution for the protection or relief of some class of destitute, unfortunate, or afflicted persons; as, an asylum for the aged, for the blind, or for the insane; a lunatic asylum; an orphan asylum.

... 3. (n.) An institution for the protection or relief of some class of destitute,
unfortunate, or afflicted persons; as, an asylum for the aged, for the blind ...
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Refuge (111 Occurrences)
... forms): 1. Location: Six cities, three on each side of the Jordan, were set apart
and placed in the hands of the Levites, to serve as places of asylum for such ...
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Carmel (33 Occurrences)
... The languishing of Carmel betokens the vengeance of God upon the land (Nahum 1:4);
and her decay, utter desolation (Amos 1:2 Isaiah 33:9). Asylum and Sanctuary ...
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Home (270 Occurrences)
... 6. (n.) A place of refuge and rest; an asylum; as, a home for outcasts; a home for
the blind; hence, esp., the grave; the final rest; also, the native and ...
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Home (270 Occurrences)
... 6. (n.) A place of refuge and rest; an asylum; as, a home for outcasts; a home for
the blind; hence, esp., the grave; the final rest; also, the native and ...
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Kedesh (12 Occurrences)
... It was therefore a place of asylum, and only preserved its ancient character
in this respect when chosen as one of the cities of refuge. ...
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Jesse (45 Occurrences)
... The last reference to him is of David's procuring for him an asylum with
the king of Moab (1 Samuel 22:3). Noah Webster's Dictionary. ...
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Lunatic (2 Occurrences)
... 1. (n.) An insane person. 2. (a.) of or pertaining to, or suitable for, an insane
person; evincing lunacy; as, lunatic gibberish; a lunatic asylum. ...
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Luz (7 Occurrences)
... 157). Winckler explains it by Aramaic laudh, "asylum," which might be suitably
applied to a sanctuary (Geschichte Israels). Cheyne ...
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Gentiles (150 Occurrences)
... of Jerusalem. The Gentiles had the right of asylum in the cities of refuge,
the same as the Israelites (Numbers 35:15). They might ...
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