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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Washing:

(Mar 7:1-9). The Jews, like other Orientals, used their fingers when taking food, and therefore washed their hands before doing so, for the sake of cleanliness. Here the reference is to the ablutions prescribed by tradition, according to which "the disciples ought to have gone down to the side of the lake, washed their hands thoroughly, 'rubbing the fist of one hand in the hollow of the other, then placed the ten finger-tips together, holding the hands up, so that any surplus water might flow down to the elbow, and thence to the ground.'" To neglect to do this had come to be regarded as a great sin, a sin equal to the breach of any of the ten commandments. Moses had commanded washings oft, but always for some definite cause; but the Jews multiplied the legal observance till they formed a large body of precepts. To such precepts about ceremonial washing Mark here refers. (See ABLUTION.)

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g909 Greek: baptismos

Washing:

denotes "the act of washing, ablution," with special reference to purification, Mar 7:4 (in some texts, ver. 8); Hbr 6:2, "baptisms;" Hbr 9:10, "washings.
See BAPTISM.

2 Strong's Number: g3067 Greek: loutron

Washing:

"a bath, a laver" (akin to louo, see above), is used metaphorically of the Word of God, as the instrument of spiritual cleansing, Eph 5:26; in Tts 3:5, of "the washing of regeneration" (see REGENERATION). In the Sept., Sgs 4:2; 6:6.

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