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Aceldama
       Aceldama, R.V. Akeldama [field of blood].

       A field called originally the Potter's Field. Judas hanged himself, apparently, in it, and his body, for some cause, fell and burst asunder. The chief priests purchased the field with the thirty pieces of silver which Judas had cast down in the temple, and designed it to be a burial place for strangers (Mat. 27:7, 8). Peter alludes to Judas as acquiring the field (Acts 1:18, 19). Probably he does not mean that it was purchased by Judas in person, but by the priests with Judas ill-gotten money. The traditional site, dating from the time of Jerome in the fourth century, is on the southern side of the valley of Hinnom. This identification is not improbable, for the locality is one which can furnish potter's clay, and has long been surrendered to burial purposes. Many crusaders were subsequently buried there. Its modern name is Hakk ed-Dumm.