by Robert L. Plummer, Ph.D.
In washing his disciples’ feet, Jesus dedicated his closest followers to ritual celibacy in a Christian Holy War. Thus argues James Swetnam. Herold Weiss thinks the Johannine community regularly practiced a footwashing ceremony to prepare its members for martyrdom. Christoph Niemand postulates that the oldest footwashing tradition goes back to the incorporation of John the Baptist’s disciples into Jesus’ retinue… [more]