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Feb 5, 2015
This week’s theme
Words from the Bible

This week’s words
nimrod
via dolorosa
scapegoat
gethsemane
samaritan

Agony in the Garden
Agony in the Garden
Art: Andrea Mantegna, circa 1460

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Gethsemane

PRONUNCIATION:
(geth-SEM-uh-nee)

MEANING:
noun: An instance or a place of suffering.

ETYMOLOGY:
In the New Testament, Gethsemane was a garden near the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, and the scene of Jesus’s agony and betrayal. Via Latin and Greek from Aramaic gat samne (oil press). Earliest documented use: 1901.

USAGE:
“She shared their troubles, and her courage and devotion provided a shield for them in the dark hours of their Gethsemane.”
Maude D. Petre; Alfred Loisy; Cambridge University Press; 2014.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. -Adlai Stevenson, governor, ambassador (5 Feb 1900-1965)

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