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Bibil Identifier bibil:219012
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Halakah and Mark 7.3: 'with the hand in the shape of a fist'
Author Crossley, James G.
Journal New Testament Studies (Volume: 58, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 57-68 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article argues that πυγμῇ in Mark 7.3 is not as mysterious as much of the history of scholarship has suggested. It seems clear that πυγμῇ reflects a known purity practice in early Jewish law concerned with using the minimal amount of water required for hand-washing. The hand would be sufficiently relaxed in order that an economic use of water poured on it could seep through the fingers to cover enough of the hand required for proper purification. The literal translation ‘fist’, at least with the sense ‘in the form of a fist’, is the most obvious translation of πυγμῇ when placed in the context of hand-washing law.
DOI 10.1017/S0028688511000221
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Purification
Pericopes Mark 7,3
Terms πυγμή πυγμη
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