== responding to message from Paul F. Schaffner <[log in to unmask]> ==
>> Tertullian treats signing (making the sign of the cross) as an act
>> characteristic not of clergy but of Christians generally, along with (as
>> recall) fasting, and exsufflating idols
"Exsufflating"? This is a new term to me (and to my supposedly unabridged
Random House dictionary). What, praytell, does it -- and the action of
exsufflating idols -- denote?