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What is a 'holy kiss'?

Submitted: 5/10/2014
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Question: Would you explain exactly what this is in reference of Romans 16:16; 1 Corinthians 16:20; 2 Corinthians 13:12; and 1 Thessalonians 5:26 (the holy kiss)?

Answer: In some cultures, men greet one another with a kiss on the cheek. Sometimes it is on both cheeks and in a few instances on the lips. In the western world, men generally greet one another with a hand shake. In the verses you cited, Paul is exhorting the brethren to be friendly to one another in brotherly love and holiness.