A sacrifice made to God by the ancient Hebrews at the Temple in Jerusalem.
Origin of corbanMiddle English, from Late Latin, from Greek korbān, from Hebrew qorbān, from qārab, to approach; see qrb in Semitic roots.
- An offering to God, especially in fulfilment of a vow.
- Mark 7.11. But you say, 'If a man tells his father or his mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me is corban, that is to say, given to God;"'
- An alms basket; a vessel to receive gifts of charity; a treasury of the church, where offerings are deposited.
- In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word is usually translated oblation, as in Numbers xviii. 9, xxxi. 50.
- The traditionists laid down that a man might interdict himself by vow, not only from using for himself, but from giving to another, or receiving from him, some particular object, whether of food or any other kind. A person might thus exempt himself from assisting parents in distress, under plea of corban.
From Ancient Greek κορβᾶν (korban), from Hebrew קָרְבָּן (korban, “offering, sacrifice”). Found in the Bible at Mark 7.11.