means properly a pitfall or snare laid for an enemy; hence a
stumbling-block, and morally an aspersion. (Greek, skandalon.)
“We preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a [scandal].” - 1 Cor. i.
The Hill of scandal
So Milton calls the Mount of Olives, because King Solomon built
thereon “an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab; and for
Moloch, the abomination of the children of Ammon” (1 Kings xi. 7).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894