Or vestibule. 1 A forecourt or central court of a house (1Kgs 7:6; Mark 14:68) or the pillared hall on a flat roof (Judg 3:23). Private homes during the Greco-Roman period often had porches that opened onto the street just outside the front door. 2 A colonnaded portico or passageway, often part of a public building or temple (e.g., the stoa at Athens; Solomon’s Portico). These frequently provided shelter for travelers or those in ill health (John 5:2) and a forum for religious and philosophical discussions (Acts 17:16-32). 3 An area of the throne from which the king of Israel pronounced judgment (1Kgs 7:6-7).
6He made the Hall of Pillars fifty cubits long and thirty cubits wide. There was a porch in front with pillars, and a canopy in front of them.
68But he denied it, saying, “I do not know or understand what you are talking about.” And he went out into the forecourt. Then the cock crowed.
23Then Ehud went out into the vestibule, and closed the doors of the roof chamber on him, and locked them.
2Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes.
Paul in Athens
16While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply distressed to see that the city was full of idols.17So he argued in the synagogue with ... View more
6He made the Hall of Pillars fifty cubits long and thirty cubits wide. There was a porch in front with pillars, and a canopy in front of them.7He made the Hall ... View more