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Did baptism originate with the Jews?

by Rabbi Yisrael Rice

  

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Well, it isn't called baptism, but the idea of immersing in a body of water is certainly in Judaism. It has many applications. The primary one is that married women go once a month. Another usage is for men: they go before the sabbath, or before prayer service.


One of the rites of passage for a convert to Judaism is to immerse in water.

Where do they go? They go in a Mikvah. It is an indoor body of water located oft-times at synagogues.

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Baptism and Mikveh

Posted by: x ben x on Dec 31, 2005

The origin of Christain baptism stems from John the Baptist (one who baptises). It is highly likely that this man, John, was immersing people in a mikveh in his river. Hence, the original 'baptism' (Jesus being baptized by John) was almost certainly in fact a mikveh.

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Mikvah
A ritual bath where one immerses to become spiritually pure. After her menstrual cycle, a woman must immerse in the Mikvah before resuming marital relations.