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ISTM that the main way this Jewish practice has been appropriated is in the "ordination of elders" which is an inappropriate (unscriptural) commandeering: in Judaism, elders are not "ordained" but rather are the alpha males of the various families as in other Semitic cultures in Jewish tradition the laying on of hands was to publicly endorse a person for a ...


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A similar question is whether the Holy Spirit is still given by the laying on of hands as in the NT. Or does apostolic succession continue today? These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. (Acts 6:6) Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given ...


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I translate this hapax as "correctly distinguishing". It is the opposite of "confusing". "Confusing" is when you treat more than one thing as if they were the same. "Incorrectly distinguishing" is the basis of many a joke: What happens to a frog's car when it breaks down? It gets toad away. In my example "toad" is not correctly distinguished from ...



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