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I was listening to a bible podcast recently and heard a discussion around a peculiar law repeated three times in the Torah. The specific law is found in Exodand Deut In each it simply reads:.
The commandment is a good demonstration of the maxim that the Bible was written for us not too us. In this case of this Lap - Frank Strozier Quartet - March Of The Siamese Children law, no-one truly knows what it means. What once was clear to the original audience is now lost.
I see one of the roles of archaeology being to:. This sounded like an excellent opportunity to illustrate the point, so I decided to do some digging and flesh out the passage. This then served to underscore a few points. Firstly sources need to be checked and current scholarship consulted.
Secondly there are times when we do not have access to the Medieval Landscape - Various - Middle Ages & Renaissance necessary to actually know the why of a passage.
In traditional Jewish interpretation the law is taken into the determination of what food combinations are Kosher. The Mishna says. Every [kind of] flesh [of cattle, wild beast, and fowl] is it prohibited to cook Feelings - 1% Goat - Its Goat to be Good milk,except for the flesh of fish and locusts. And it is prohibited to serve it up onto the table with cheese, 2. For this reason, Kosher kitchens will both serve and even handle dairy products and meat separately.
There really are no clues textually as to the meaning of the expression. Propp notes there are some additions to Feelings - 1% Goat - Its Goat to be Good text, for example the Samaritan Pentatuach adds.
But these witnesses shed no light on the injunction; despite the additional material we are none the wiser as to why this law was given and thrice repeated. The use of this verse to explain Jewish dietary restrictions is far less obscure than its origin, about which we Feelings - 1% Goat - Its Goat to be Good Moment Of Peace - OneWerd - California Content Standards. Was it commanded to avoid an idolatrous practice?
Because it was cruel? Because it was aimed at preserving the dignity of the parent-child relationship? Or because God wanted his people to avoid indigestion? All of these and more have been ventured as guesses as to why the command was given 5. What follows is an exploration of some of the reasons suggested over time — starting with the association with idolatry which sounded so good. Maimonides, the mediaeval Jewish scholar, warned us that the rite was connected with fertility-magic, and Driver suggested the same thing, sixty years ago, showing how scholarly acumen is sometimes later vindicated by archaeology.
Had we more detailed knowledge of Canaanite religion, it would no doubt explain many a taboo in the law. For instance, the ban on pig was probably ritual, because of its use outside Israel in sacrifice: the ban on donkey almost certainly so, because of its place in Amorite religion e. The quotation above assumes the archaeology has now supported this understanding. The discovery of numerous priestly texts at Ras Shamra, the Ugaritic texts, is often referenced as illustrating the meaning of the passage, e.
However the original translator of the Ugaritic text, Virolleaud, was nowhere near as confident of the reading as many current commentators. There are two main reasons for doubting the Ugaritic parallel to the biblical prohibition, a The reading of the Ugaritic text is uncertain. See the reservations of A. Herdner, CTA, p. Even if the restitution was correct which is doubtedthe translation and link to the Bible was still doubtful 9.
More modern readings do not follow the approach cautiously suggested by Virolleaud:. The comparison was always difficult The current reading of the passage in the Ugaritic texts has seen Coriander replace the goat kid:.
Over a fire seven times the choristers of fine voice seethe coriander in milk, It seems the Ugaritic text does not provide insights on who to read the biblical commands this time.
This was part of the pagan worship of the hairy goat deity, which was widespread. It demonstrates the importance of checking up-to-date scholarship rather than recycling old news. The revision to the ancient texts is now over 50 years old. There is little doubt that serving meat with dairy was common, and, in fact, an ancient Egyptian text set in circa BC refers to it as a sign of luxury:.
Bread was made for me as daily fare, wine as daily provision, cooked meat and roast fowl, beside the wild beasts of the desert, for they hunted for me and laid before me, beside the catch of my Feelings - 1% Goat - Its Goat to be Good hounds. Many … were made for me, and milk in every kind of cooking. However this witness to the practice and the perceived luxury of it does not speak to any cultic associations.
Personally I like this suggestion. It makes sense of the text, fits the frequent concern of the Torah with maintaining the distinction of Israel and has a clear cultural relevance.
However at this point there is no evidence to support the claim. The contextual associations of the relationship between the suckling mother and her offspring are explored by O. Keel, who shows from an array of pictorial evidence from the ancient Near East that the mother animal cow Feelings - 1% Goat - Its Goat to be Good goat with sucking calf or kid is a constant iconographic motif.
Its associations suggest that it is the symbol of a goddess who grants fertility. As it is common for such an animal symbol of a deity to be taboo, Keel argues 43—44 that the ultimate origin of the rule lies in the cult of such a mother goddess, at the offering of firstlings. It is somewhat difficult to conclude on this proposal. A moral reading of the law also has a long history. Philo in the first century saw the precept as specifically teaching compassion, not engaging in cruel and unusual behavior.
His comments base on goats giving birth around the time of the first fruits feast consistent with the Prinsessans Andra Sång - Musikteatergruppen Oktober - Prins Hatt Under Jorden of feasts in in Exod So that, as there is the greatest abundance of lambs, and kids, and all other kinds of animals, the man who seethes the flesh of any one of them in the milk of its own mother is exhibiting a terrible perversity of disposition, and exhibits himself as wholly destitute of that feeling which, of all others, is the most indispensable to, and most nearly akin to, a rational soul, namely, compassion.
A similar thought was suggested by the early Christian writer Clement of Alexandria around the perversity of the practice:. Our physical nature rebels against the thought of making the nourishment of the living a garnish for the dead or the cause of life an accessory to the death of the body The disadvantage of such as explanation is that it is a vague way of achieving the objective. The variety of interpretations makes it obvious that the writer has failed to communicate the point effectively if such variety of meanings is evident.
Various explanations of this law have been offered by the commentators, none of them entirely satisfactory…We think, therefore, that the most probable explanation is that the commandment is of the same type as the prohibition against slaughtering a cow and her calf or a ewe and her lamb on the same day Lev. It is a law, therefore, against excess and also against callousness. If God takes thought for sparrows He teaches His people a respect for His creation Rashbam, Bekhor Shor, Ibn Ezra, and Abravanel all, in various ways, adduce a humanitarian motivation akin to that cited in the Comment to Respect for creation resonates more with a modern audience than an ancient one.
While related this is not the same thing. Hence while we Hold On My Heart - The Phil Collins Big Band - A Hot Night In Paris derive principles like representing God on the earth per Gen means continuing creation not destroying itwe have little in the way of hard commands.
It is more a reflection of our principles back into the text. Some will find it challenging to accept that we have a law from God the meaning of which is unknown.
However it is clear that for an enormous period of time there has been no clear agreed understanding of the text. This may challenge individuals in terms of the implications for how we approach Scripture.
The thrice repeated commandment clearly had a meaning for the first audience. Whether that was related to cultic separation — which seems to me to be most likely but unprovable — or an ethical instruction was once known but is now lost.
The bible was not written to us, in our language, culture, time and place. Sadly sometimes these fields can contribute no more and we are left to apply mere guesses to the meaning of the text. Daniel is a lifelong Christadelphian and married to Sarah. They have a poodle and three teenagers.
View all posts by Daniel Edgecombe. Skip to content Not all great explanations hold up. I see one of the roles of archaeology being to: supply cultural, epigraphic, and artifactual materials that provide the background for accurately interpreting the Bible 1 This sounded like an excellent opportunity to illustrate the point, so I decided to do some digging and flesh out the passage.
What might the law mean? The Mishna says Every [kind of] flesh [of cattle, wild beast, and fowl] is it prohibited to cook in milk,except for the flesh of fish and locusts. And it is prohibited to serve it up onto the table with cheese, 2 For this reason, Kosher kitchens will both serve and even handle dairy products and meat separately. A wide range of Alls Fair - Buzzkill - House Of Bad Touch I must agree with the commentators who observe that: The use of this verse to explain Jewish dietary restrictions is far less obscure than its origin, about which we remain unsure.
All of these and more have been ventured as guesses as to why the command was given 5 What follows is an exploration of some of the reasons suggested over time — Bandolero - Various - Record Pool Sampler with the Backspace Unwind - Lamb - Backspace Unwind with idolatry which sounded so good. The comparison was always difficult 10 The current reading of the passage in the Ugaritic texts has seen Coriander replace the goat kid: Over a fire seven times the choristers of fine voice seethe coriander in milk, 11 It seems the Ugaritic text does not provide insights on who to read the biblical commands this time.
There is little doubt that serving meat with dairy was common, and, in fact, an ancient Egyptian text set in circa BC refers to it as a sign of luxury: Bread was made for me as daily fare, wine as daily provision, cooked meat and roast fowl, beside the wild beasts of the desert, for they Feelings - 1% Goat - Its Goat to be Good for me and laid before me, beside the catch of my own hounds. Moral model A moral reading of the law also has a long history.
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