February 28, 2007

Breadcrumb: So much fat, so little time

Lev. 7:22-25 instructs the Israelites that they must not eat the fat of any cattle, sheep, or goat. Furthermore, if the animal was offered as a sacrifice and someone ate its fat, that person would be excommunicated. However, the text also states that the fat of an animal which died of natural causes or by other beasts could be used for "any other purpose" (NIV, "any other use" KJV). What other uses could there be? Soap, for one. Candles, for another. Between those two uses, the Israelites would be doing something nice for their homes while also maintaining a decent diet. Good for them.

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