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January 31, 2011


Chris Yaw

I'm not quite sure that salt loses its saltiness. As Sodium Chloride, the only way for it to do so is for something else to be added to it, say rat poison, or water, that's because microbes and bacteria will not grow on salt. Thus our only way to corrupt it is by dissolution - in other words, not making salt, salt. I think an interesting take is to consider that what keeps salt from being salt is when it gets watered down.

John Petty

Hi Chris,

I'm basing my comment on J.P. Meier--something about dead sea salt in particular.

In any case, thanks for your visit. I'll check out your website.

pax, jp

Bill Schlesinger

Strong's Lectionary offers 'salt of the earth' as that which is used to fertilize arable land. Potassium is also a salt base that is used in fertilizer. Interesting alternative translation - you are the fertilizer of the earth but if you become foolish (literal translation), (lose shelf life?) then throw out?

John Petty

Actually--you'd have to be real careful--that MIGHT preach. Have to be a pretty liberal congregation though.

You're absolutely right on the translation too. I thought about using "foolish" in my own above because I try to be as literal as possible, but still make sense.

On the other hand, maybe the idea of salt becoming foolish is a kind of koan--makes you stop and think.

Thanks for your visit, and comment.

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