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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Greek - soldier, soldiers
Greek - soldier, serves as a soldier, soldier in active service, soldiers
Greek - soldier, soldiers, soldiers'
Greek - choose to be a soldier
Greek - fellowsoldier, fellow soldier

A person trained to fight, usually on active military duty. In early Israelite history every male was called on to fight when the tribes were threatened. David was the first to put together a national army made up of professional soldiers. Kings often had a personal group of soldiers to guard them. The New Testament soldier was usually the Roman soldier. John the Baptist indicated that the average Roman soldier extorted money from civilians by threatening them (Luke 3:14). On the other hand, the centurion (leader of 100 men) is held in esteem in the New Testament (see Acts 10:1). See Army; Centurion.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'SOLDIER'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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