re: Mark 7:4

From: yochanan bitan (
Date: Tue May 02 2000 - 16:10:09 EDT

shalom Marty,

>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

>their tables?

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.

Randall Buth

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