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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature

Quaternion

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Quarternion

Quarter´nion. A 'quaternion of soldiers' () was a detachment of four men, which was the usual number of a Roman night-watch. Peter, therefore, was guarded by four soldiers, two within the prison, and two outside the doors; and as the watch was usually changed every three hours, it was necessary that the 'four quaternions' mentioned in the text should be appointed for the purpose.

 

 

 

 

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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Quaternion'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature". https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/kbe/q/quaternion.html.

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