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How did Paul and his companions purify themselves in the account of Acts 21:26?



      

Acts 21:26

NKJV - 26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day, having been purified with them, entered the temple to announce the expiration of the days of purification, at which time an offering should be made for each one of them.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
My understanding of the purification in which Paul and his companions would have participated prior to entering the temple involved the use of a "mikvah" (or "mikveh"), which was a bath used for ritual immersion. For maximum usefulness, the source of the water in the mikvah was a spring or underground well of flowing (or "living") water, rather than a stationary body or collection of water (although not all ritual purifications required such a water source).

In addition to cleansing prior to entering the temple, such purification was also required in the Bible for people after events such as childbirth, menstruation, nocturnal emissions, and contact with a dead body (Leviticus 15:19-30; Leviticus 19:18-19), as well as for restoring inanimate objects that had been made unclean through contact with such activities or situations to a ritually clean status (Leviticus 11:32).

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