Date: Mon Jan 10 2000 - 12:18:10 EST

Some traditions equate the LOUTRON of Ephesians 5:26 with the water of baptism or the
word(s) spoken at baptism (so Louw & Nida, 53:43; TDNT vol. 4, pp. 304-307). But I
wonder how that squares with TO LOUTPW TOU hUDATOS EN RhHMATI specifically. It
would appear that it is the Word (i.e., of truth, the whole Christian message) that
performs the cleansing here. Why would that be restricted even to the "word" or
words spoken at baptism?

Solomon Landers
Memra Institute for Biblical Research

Theodore H Mann wrote:

> Greetings:
> Would the first-century readers of Eph.5:26 have seen an allusion to
> ceremonial washings in the term LOUTRON? I was told that this term
> literally means "laver," but I have been unable to discover any
> connection at all.
> Thanks.
> Ted
> Dr. Theodore "Ted" H. Mann

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