Priests and Levites were consecrated for the divine service by 'purification,' proselytes had to undergo it at baptism, and special religious acts could only be performed by those who had bathed their bodies. Generally no one was allowed to enter the temple of the synagogue without having washed or "sanctified" himself; and in the post-exilian period bathing was considered (chiefly by the Pharisees and Essenes) as one of the chief duties of piety.

All the Jewish ceremonial purifications are commonly regarded by Christian theologians as emblematic of the necessity of holiness in the people of the Lord, and particularly in all acts of worship. Our initial purification comes by the washing of the blood of Jesus. A holy life necissitates continual cleansing.

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