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The Footwashing in John 13: A Unified Didactic Narrative

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.[1]  Herold Weiss thinks the Johannine community regularly practiced a footwashing ceremony to prepare its members for martyrdom.[2]   Christoph Niemand postulates that the oldest footwashing tradition goes back to the incorporation of John the Baptist’s disciples into Jesus’ retinue… [more]