One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A ceremony performed thirty-one days after the birth of a firstborn male child in which the child, nominally the property of the priesthood, is redeemed from this claim through payment of a sum of five shekels or its equivalent to the officiating priest.
Late 19th century. From Hebrew pidyōn habbēn redemption of the son from pidyōn redemption (from pādāh to redeem) + ha- the + ben son.
Pidyon Haben/ˌpɪdjən haˈbɛn/
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