Paul’s instruction to “greet one another with a holy kiss” (Rom. 16:16; 1 Cor. 16:20; 2 Cor. 13:12; see also 1 Pet. 5:14) may have been based on a practice in Greco-Roman clubs, in which new members were received with a kiss. A kiss of greeting concluded Christian initiation and served as the welcome to the Eucharist in Justin Martyr’s (d. ca. 165) 1 Apol. 65 and the Apostolic Tradition, attributed to Hippolytus (d. ca. 236).
Kiss of Peace(358 words)
Cite this pageSenn, Frank C., “Kiss of Peace”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_K79>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512
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