From: yochanan bitan (ButhFam@compuserve.com)
Date: Tue May 02 2000 - 16:10:09 EDT
>The word baptizo is used to refer to their tradition of washing tables.
>From a Greek language standpoint, would this infer they immersed or dipped
The question is not Greek language but Jewish CULTURE.
(E.g. rich people used stone tables so they did not have problems with
clean/unclean. Stone is clean by definition.)
Mark 7.4 has cups, pitchers and copper bowls, for sure. All were
dipped/immersed when needing ritual purification.
So were beds! cf. Kelim 19.1 'if someone takes a bed apart to immerse it
..." You might want to read the division tohorot 'cleannesses' in the
mishnah if you want the details.
E.g., a flat table did not get unclean.
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