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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Bath, Bathing

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This was a prescribed part of the Jewish ritual of purification in cases of accident, or of leprous or ordinary uncleanness, (Leviticus 15 ; 16:28 ; 22:6 ; Numbers 19:7 ; 19 ; 2 Samuel 11:2,4 ; 2 Kings 5:10 ) as also after mourning, which always implied defilement. (Ruth 3:3 ; 2 Samuel 12:20 ) The eastern climate made bathing essential alike to health and pleasure, to which luxury added the use of perfumes. (Esther 2:12 ) Judith 10:3 ; Susan 17. The "pools," such as that of Siloam and Hezekiah, (2 Kings 20:20 ; Nehemiah 3:15,16 ; Isaiah 22:11 ; John 9:7 ) often sheltered by porticos, (John 5:2 ) are the first indications we have of public bathing accommodation.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Bath, Bathing'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. 1901.

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