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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Them There Feet

posted by on February 28 at 15:50 PM

When Naomi learned that the wife of her dead son, Ruth, might have the eye of a man with some standing in Bethleham, Boaz, she made this strong and clear recommendation:

Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking. And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.

The seduction worked. But that is not the point of this brief note/post. What is interesting here, and is related to James Cameron’s recent claim that he not only found the tomb of Jesus but has proof that his wife was Mary Magdalene and they had a son named Judah, is the “uncovering his feet.”

Now with biblical scholarship, the close examination of archaeological sites is often not as rewarding as the close examination of existing texts. For example, in the Old Testament, washing a man’s feet is a symbol for sex—“uncover his feet, and lay thee down.” Now let’s go to the New Testament, to John 12:

Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

Well, if this feet washing happened outside of the context/co-text of the Old Testament, the modern Christian could pretend with some peace that it is nothing more than an act of spiritual love, but that peace is not possible, Matthew’s enthusiam made it impossible to imagine the Old and New as separate. What the business of washing feet meant to Ruth is what it must mean to Mary. No need to dig up old tombs to see what’s really going on.

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would would this mean, then???

John 13:8, 12 (NIV)

8 "No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet."

Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me."

12 When he had finished washing [his disciples] feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place.

Posted by infrequent | February 28, 2007 4:52 PM

If that is the proper interpretation of feet washing, didn't Jesus wash the feet of his disciples? what does that say for the anti-homosexuality of the messiah.

Posted by vooodooo84 | February 28, 2007 4:58 PM

yay! Jesus was Bisexual, problem solved

Posted by vooodooo84 | February 28, 2007 4:59 PM

And Peter was a homophobe (closet case?). Go figure.

Posted by keshmeshi | February 28, 2007 5:37 PM

But did she make it to the bus stop on time?

Posted by dantc | February 28, 2007 6:12 PM

Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me."

Apparently Jesus has never learned that no means no.

Posted by keshmeshi | March 1, 2007 10:39 AM

when i finish, i at least like to cuddle for a little while before going back to my place.

Posted by infrequent | March 1, 2007 2:47 PM

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