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Re: [Synoptic-L] _Can_ salt lose its saltiness?

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  • Dave
    I wonder if that idea of salt covenant meaning peace could originate in the first century AD? Dave Gentile Riverside IL ... liveliness ... Kolosser 51
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      I wonder if that idea of "salt covenant" meaning peace could
      originate in the first century AD?

      Dave Gentile
      Riverside IL

      --- In Synoptic@yahoogroups.com, D.Mealand@... wrote:
      > > but then "if a
      > > preservative loses..." does not work.
      > But that is the point both of the original joke and of the
      > witty rabbinic reply in the Talmud bBekor.8b.
      > ...How do you get
      > the saltiness back into salt? With the foal of a
      > mule! Can a mule have a foal? Can salt lose its saltiness? ;-)
      > ...
      > For the blend of simultaneous humour and seriousness see
      > the parables of course, the Talmud passim, and
      > conversations one has with Jewish friends.
      > My comment made _no_ mention either of sin or of fire,
      > but of keeping middle Eastern food
      > (esp meat but in Galilee esp. fish)
      > from deteriorating.
      > On sharing salt with others and how it tightens the hugely
      > obligatory bonds of shared hospitality in middle Eastern life
      > see the folk tales of that area. (You must never never kill
      > people you have shared salt with.) Hence 'have salt _among_
      > (Greek 'en)
      > yourselves and be at peace with one another'
      > If salt peps up the taste of food as well as preserving it then
      > it can serve as a metaphor for pepping up the (kindly - charis)
      > of your conversation. On Colossians 4.6 see Dibelius An die
      Kolosser 51
      > aptly citing Plut. Garr 514F and Plut. Quaest. Conviv 685A
      > David M.
      > ---------
      > David Mealand, University of Edinburgh
      > ---------
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