“The English form of the Greek word which means bed-keeper . In the strict and proper sense they were the persons who had charge of the bed-chambers in palaces and larger houses. But as the jealous and dissolute temperament of the East required this charge to be in the hands of persons who had been […]

-General scriptures concerning Mt 19:12 -Prohibited from certain privileges of the congregation De 23:1; Isa 56:3-5 -Influential court officials Jer 38:7-13; 52:25; Da 1:3 -Those who voluntarily became (continent, probably) for the kingdom of heaven’s sake Mt 19:12 -Baptism of the Ethiopian Ac 8:26-29

Literally bed-keeper or chamberlain, and not necessarily in all cases one who was mutilated, although the practice of employing such mutilated persons in Oriental courts was common (2 Kings 9:32; Esther 2:3). The law of Moses excluded them from the congregation (Deut. 23:1). They were common also among the Greeks and Romans. It is said […]