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I'm glad you are all enjoying the discussion about salt, but since it is not an important message from me (as Kingdom Seneschal)  can you please change the subject line if this discussion continues?

Thanks,Murdoch (who just doesn't want people desensitized to the subject "From the KS")

> Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2014 13:05:51 -0600
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> Subject: Re: [CALONTIR] From the KS: was New Society Youth initiative
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> Once again, Franz, you surprise me. Very interesting concepts. Thanks.
> 
> Eleanor Deyeson
> 
> On Sun, 16 Feb 2014 12:27:09 -0600, john heitman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> 
> >Now, as to my interest in the passage.....   Salt comes in a rocks, or in
> >gravel if you have a lot of it.  larger towns pave their streets to stave
> >off the mud. Spreading gravel is the equivalent of paving.  If you have a
> >large salt mine to hand (like you know, the Dead Sea, maybe), it is easier
> >to mine the salt than it is the limestone, and break it into gravel. This
> >is very dirty salt, pretty much the equivalent of our road salt, and
> >definitely not fit for eating, or preserving food FOR eating. For that
> >purpose it has to be washed and refined several times.  That refining is
> >what makes salt so expensive.  This raw stuff is literally dirt cheap.
> > Road engineers will use whatever gravel is closest and easiest to access.
> > Sand stone, limestone, granite, broken reef, coal cinders, what ever they
> >can get cheaply.
> >
> >Why would Jesus have used this visual if the common culture was not
> >familiar with the image?
> >
> >From an engineering perspective, this has some really interesting
> >characteristics.  Rain does not percolate down through the soil like it
> >does here.  It evaporates back UP out of the soil in that region.  So the
> >cycle would be....  Salt the road, rain falls and dissolves the salt,
> >enters the earth to a depth of no more than 18", then evaporates leaving
> >the salt behind.  The Salt then hardens the soil, creating a hard surface
> >that is more impervious to rainfall than the surrounding ground.  IOW, it
> >creates a hard pack road NATURALLY!!!!!    in *my* book, that's pure
> >f*****g GENIUS!
> >
> >Cultural support for this theory comes from a practice distinct to the
> >region.  EVERYbody goes barefoot everywhere around the world. Indians,
> >American Indians, Polynesians, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Mayan.
> > Everybody.  But the ONLY place that has a ritual foot washing with oil is
> >the Holy Land.
> >
> > Normal dust does not dry out the feet severely.  Salt dust will cripple
> >the feet in less than a week because it will dry the skin and make serious
> >bleeding cracks.  The only way to correct that is to wash the salt dust
> >off, and rub oil into the skin.  And this practice is documented not once,
> >but several times in the gospels. Mary does it to Jesus. Jesus does it to
> >the disciples, widows to saints.
> >
> >At least, that is MY take on it.
> >