The heat of Palestine made frequent baths necessary, and in the NT period the Romans built public baths. It was long customary to provide water for guests to wash their feet on arrival at a house (Judg. 19:21), and an oval tub for this has been excavated at Samaria. Bathing was a means of ritual cleansing (e.g. of Aaron and sons in Exod. 29:4) and for purification after leprosy (Lev. 14:8–9) and is a potent symbol of moral cleanliness (e.g. Jer. 4:14) or of vindictive triumph (Ps. 58:10).

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  • Baths — Bath Bath (b[.a]th; 61), n.; pl. {Baths} (b[.a][th]z). [AS. b[ae][eth]; akin to OS. & Icel. ba[eth], Sw., Dan., D., & G. bad, and perh. to G. b[ a]hen to foment.] 1. The act of exposing the body, or part of the body, for purposes of cleanliness,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • baths — Synonyms and related words: bagnio, balneae, balneum, bath, bathhouse, bathroom, caldarium, casino, club, clubhouse, gambling house, gathering place, hangout, haunt, health resort, hot spring, lavatory, meeting place, mikvah, mineral spring,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • baths — noun /bæθs,bɑðz,bæθs,bæðz/ An enclosed public swimming pool; originally a place having individual cubicles where people without bathrooms could have a bath …   Wiktionary

  • Baths —    The use of the bath was very frequent among the Hebrews (Lev. 14:8; Num. 19:19, ect.). The high priest at his inauguration (Lev. 8:6), and on the day of atonement, was required to bathe himself (16:4, 24). The pools mentioned in Neh. 3:15, 16 …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • baths — Everyday English Slang in Ireland n public swimming pool …   English dialects glossary

  • baths — n. (UK) public swimming pool (Archaic); submersion or washing of the body or any parts in water or other substance for the purpose of medical treatment (Medicine) bɑːθ v. take a bath, bathe, wash oneself in a bath n. large container which… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • baths — Brit. a building containing a public swimming pool or washing facilities. → bath …   English new terms dictionary

  • baths — /baðz/ (say bahdhz) plural noun 1. Obsolescent a public swimming pool. 2. → ocean pool. 3. a building containing apartments for washing or bathing, or fitted up for bathing. 4. Obsolete a town or location with such facilities …   Australian English dictionary

  • BATHS — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Baths Motel Moree — (Moree,Австралия) Категория отеля …   Каталог отелей

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