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March 25, 2006 12:55 PM Subscribe
Were the food laws in the old testament rational for the time or somewhat superstitious?
posted by tula to Food & Drink (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've always assumed that, in general, biblical food laws were written to keep ancient jews from killing themselves, just like the sex laws were written to keep them having lots of healthy babies. Sure pork could carry trichinosis, but was lobster really more dangerous to the old testament Jews than trout? Does cud chewing make animals less likely to carry disease? I'm not asking for clarification of Jewish law, I want to know which laws were medically sound for the time and which may have been based on a bad wedding banquet or a mistrust of bunnies.