the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25
Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words
a neuter plural (akin to genesis, "lineage," from ginomai), primarily denoted "the festivities of a birthday, a birthday feast," though among the Greeks it was also used of a festival in commemoration of a deceased friend. It is found in Matthew 14:6; Mark 6:21 . Some have regarded it as the day of the king's accession, but this meaning is not confirmed in Greek writings.
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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Birthday'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​ved/​b/birthday.html. 1940.