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Soap

SOAP (Heb. bōrîth). Soap in a modern sense was unknown in OT times. Even until recent time it was not used in some parts of Syria. Clothes, cooking utensils, and even the body were cleansed with the ashes of certain plants containing alkali (e.g., soapwort, glasswort, and saltwort). This cleansing material is referred to in Jer.2.22 and Mal.3.2.