Shun The Unclean Thing

An eloquent interpretation of the Levitical food laws. It resembles how Philo and the Letter of Aristeas interpreted them, while also having other points.

Edge Induced Cohesion

As someone who has discussed the subject of clean and unclean meats before from the pulpit [1], it was quite interesting to hear a message about the subject, as it is fairly rarely discussed.  I was particularly pleased that the message dealt with the larger subject matter of why it matters in a larger perspective.  Rather than seek to talk about or speculate about the health reasons as to why the health laws of the Bible were laid down in the first place or argue against the passages that are fallaciously and misguidedly used to claim that these laws are no longer applicable for believers, I would like to discuss instead the relationship between the meats that are acceptable to eat in God’s design and what sort of people we are supposed to become.

What are the qualities of the animals that God considers acceptable to eat?  Many of them…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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