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sal - ū́ - tā´shun ( ἀσπασμός , aspasmós ): A greeting which might be given in person, orally ( Luke 1:29 , Luke 1:41 , Luke 1:44 ), or in writing, usually at the close of a letter (1 Corinthians 16:21 ; Colossians 4:18 ; 2 Thessalonians 3:17 ; compare use of χαίρειν , chaı́rein , "greeting," "joy" in James 1:1 ). The Pharisaic Jews loved salutations in public places (Matthew 23:7 ; Mark 12:38 , the King James Version "greeting," the Revised Version (British and American) "salutation"; Luke 11:43 ; Luke 20:46 ). Often these salutations were very elaborate, involving much time in prostrations, embracings, etc. When Jesus therefore sent out the Seventy, He forbade salutation by the way (Luke 10:4 ), though He ordinarily encouraged proper civilities of this sort (Matthew 5:47 ; Matthew 10:12 ).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Salutation'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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