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Salutations

A salutation can be defined as an "honorable recognition or greeting" During Bible History, numerous forms of salutations were used for a wide variety of social occasions - written, spoken, or in practice (salute is derived from salutation) which involved bowing, kissing, embracing or kneeling.

Salutations Spoken:

"And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem; and he said to the reapers, "The Lord be with you!" And they answered, "The Lord bless you." (Ruth 2:4 RSV)

"In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" (Luke 1:26-28 RSV)

Written:

"To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call on the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 1:2-3 RSV)

"Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours in the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord." (2 Peter 1:1-2 RSV)

"Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James [see Mary's Other Children?], To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you." (Jude 1:1-2 RSV)

Performed:

"He himself went on before them, bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept." (Genesis 33:3-4 RSV)

"And as soon as the lad had gone, David rose from beside the stone heap and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed three times; and they kissed one another" (1 Samuel 20:41 RSV) (see also Jonathan)

Fact Finder: Did Jesus Christ rebuke how salutations were given to the Pharisees, because they were Hypocrites?
Matthew 23:1-39


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