Monday, September 10, 2012
What's the Deal, Mark?
In Mark 7:3-4, the author (Mark) seems to call into question the tradition of kashering utensils:
"3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders, 4 and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches."
And yet this tradition is deemed by Scripture to have originated from Moses:
21 Then Eleazar the priest said to the soldiers who had gone into battle, “This is what is required by the law that the Lord gave Moses: 22 Gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, lead 23 and anything else that can withstand fire must be put through the fire, and then it will be clean. But it must also be purified with the water of cleansing. And whatever cannot withstand fire must be put through that water. 24 On the seventh day wash your clothes and you will be clean. Then you may come into the camp.”
How do we reconcile Mark's apparent words with Torah? Is this a variant or is Mark merely trying to give some halachic background without necessarily making a value judgment?
Posted by Peter at 11:11 AM