Devotionals by Dr. John Ankerberg

February 28

Leviticus 11Mark 7:1-23

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

As regards the dietary regulations, the division of species into clean and unclean (Lev. 11:1 ff.) is to be regarded not so much as a reaction against Egyptian totemism or the protest of a superior religion against contemporary pagan customs as the positive delineation of beneficial and noxious foods respectively. The specific concern of Leviticus 11:2 was with the kind of animal whose flesh could be ingested without any resultant harm to individual or communal health. Quadrupeds that were clovenfooted, parted the hoof, and chewed the cud were alone per­mitted for food. Such a designation of the ruminants proper excluded carnivorous and predatory species, and the list of possible animals was further restricted by the prohibition of swine, camels, hares, and coneys, which did not fulfill all the conditions necessary for "cleanness." It will be observed that the "clean" animals were exclusively vegetarian, and as such would be less likely to transmit infection than would the car­nivorae, which fed on flesh that invariably decayed rapidly under condi­tions of a warm climate.

The prohibition concerning the flesh of swine is interesting partly on hygienic grounds, and partly because of the place that the animal occupied in Egyptian cult-worship. According to Herodotus, the pig was originally sacred to Osiris, and the cultic celebration of that deity involved the slaughter of a pig outside the houses of the participants.… It does not seem likely, however, that the question of cult-worship was quite as important a consideration in the prohibition of swine for food as were purely dietary and hygienic reasons. Even under the most carefully supervised modern conditions of slaughtering and processing, the flesh of the pig is far more potentially dangerous as a source of infection than that of any of the other quadrupeds normally eaten for food. …

Roland Kenneth Harrison, Introduction to the Old Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1969), pp. 604-605

  Follow JohnAnkerberg on Twitter  

The John Ankerberg Show | P.O. Box 8977 | Chattanooga, TN 37414 USA
(423) 892-7722 | For credit card orders only:
1-800-805-3030

continue reading...
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016

About Ankerberg Show

The John Ankerberg Show is a daily half-hour radio program and a weekly half-hour internationally syndicated television program using informal debates between representatives of differing belief systems, and documentary-styled presentations on major issues in society to which the historic Christian faith has something of consequence to say. The programs are designed to appeal to a thinking audience of Christians and non-Christians alike.

About Dr. John Ankerberg

Dr. John Ankerberg is host and moderator of the nationally broadcast John Ankerberg Show television and radio program. Dr. Ankerberg is an internationally known author, evangelist and apologist. He and his wife, Darlene, have one daughter, Michelle.

Dr. John F. Ankerberg in his writings and on his television program presents contemporary spiritual issues and defends biblical Christian answers. He believes that Christianity can not only stand its ground in the arena of the world's ideas but that Christianity alone is fully true. He has spoken to audiences on more than 78 American college and university campuses as well as in crusades in major cities of Africa, Asia, South America, and the Islands of the Caribbean. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Religious Broadcasters.

Contact Ankerberg Show with Dr. John Ankerberg

Mailing Address
The John Ankerberg Show
P.O. Box 8977
Chattanooga, TN 37414
Telephone Numbers
423.892.7722
Or orders only: 800.805.3030