I wonder if that idea of "salt covenant" meaning peace could
originate in the first century AD?
--- 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
> aptly citing Plut. Garr 514F and Plut. Quaest. Conviv 685A
> David M.
> David Mealand, University of Edinburgh