E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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. 23.
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).