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Epiphany Reflections from a Tantur Scholar

Epiphany Reflections from a Tantur Scholar

The Sunday after Epiphany is associated with the baptism of Jesus by John in the western Christian calendar, as reflected in the Revised Common Lectionary. The baptism of Jesus is also one of the emphases of the feast of Epiphany in the Orthodox churches. More or less elaborate and dramatic liturgies and extra-liturgical customs have evolved to mark the feast, many of them originating in the act of Christians’ renewing their own baptismal promises. Important as the Christian traditions are, it is perhaps worth reflecting on the baptism of Jesus within the Judaism of its day. Read More