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In the modern sense, inns were unknown in the Middle East. The khans or caravanserais, which correspond to the European inn, are not alluded to in the Old Testament. The “inn” mentioned in Exodus 4:24 was just the halting-place of the caravan. In later times khans were erected for the accommodation of travellers.

In Luke 2:7, the word translated “inn” indicates a place for loosing the animals from their burdens. It is translated “guest-chamber” in Mark 14:14 and Luke 22:11. In Luke 10:34, the word translated “inn” is different. That inn had an “inn-keeper,” who attended to the wants of travellers.

Author: Matthew G. Easton, with minor editing by Paul S. Taylor.

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