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“Mikveh” (pl. mikva’ot), literally referring to a “gathering” as in a “gathering of water” (mikveh mayim; Lev 11:36), is today commonly used to designate a humanmade deep, stepped pool that is being used for ritual immersion and purification from the state of impurity caused, for instance, by contact with sexual fluids or diseases. Archaeological excava…

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Bonnie, Rick, “Bath/Mikveh”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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