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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary


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a mode of salutation, and token of respect, which has been practised in all nations. It was also in ordinary use among the Jews; hence Judas in this way saluted his Master. But there was also the kiss of homage, as one of the ceremonies performed at the inauguration of the kings of Israel. The Jews called it the kiss of majesty. Psalms 2:12 , seems to be an allusion to this. St. Paul speaks frequently of the kiss of peace, which was in use among believers, and was given by them to one another as a token of charity and union, publicly in their religious assemblies, Hebrews 13:24 . Kissing the feet is in eastern countries expressive of exuberant gratitude or reverence.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Kiss'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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