Origin of corbanMiddle English, from Late Latin, from Greek korban, from Hebrew qorban, from qarab, to approach; see qrb in Semitic roots.
- 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 ÎºÎ¿ÏÎ²á¾¶Î½ (korban), from Hebrew ×§Ö¸×¨Ö°×‘Ö¸Ö¼×Ÿ (korban, “offering, sacrifice"). Found in the Bible at Mark 7.11.