A Theology Of Footwashing

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Because of the ambiguity stemming from differences between the Johannine and synoptic accounts in the New Testament, the relationship between footwashing, the Lord's Supper, and baptism has been variously interpreted. The rite has been understood to symbolize purification, humility, and service to one's neighbor.

Ambiguous New Testament Evidence

Theological interpretations of footwashing's rich meaning vary considerably, both in historical and contemporary liturgical settings. Theological...


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