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My wife asked me this question last night, and I didn’t know the answer, so I thought I would ask it here.

The question: Besides fish, is there any passage in the Gospels that directly mentions Jesus eating meat?

My assumption is that He would have followed Jewish dietary laws, but I couldn’t think of any specific passages off of the top of my head.

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Not an answer, but related: biblehub.com/1_peter/2-2.htm Desiring the meat of the word seems to indicate that his disciples didn't have an aversion to a good steak. –  Affable Geek Jan 21 '14 at 18:06
Alteratively, I suppose someone could warp grace by have Jesus say, "No rules, Just Right." –  Affable Geek Jan 21 '14 at 18:07
I don't know why fish would be a reasonable exception, other than if you had already thought of fish. –  mojo Jan 21 '14 at 20:44
I'm reading into the original post but if the underlying question is "should Christians eat meat?" then consider Romans 14. –  Jeff Jan 28 '14 at 21:09
You may want to clarify post or pre resurrection. When it speaks of Jesus eating cooked fishes it was a reference to what He did as a resurrected body of flesh and bone. You might also want to consider the connection between him calling his disciples to be "fishers of men" and authorized them to give them the baptism of fire (in order to cook them). In Ephesians 5:30 Paul comes right out and says the body of Christ is in fact the "fishes" that the disciples "cook" and bring into His body. Christianity itself, is/was a flesh and bone body and is/was the physical resurrected body of Christ. –  Jason L Wharton Jan 28 '14 at 21:26

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Jesus definitely ate lamb because lamb is eaten at the Passover festival.

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” (Luke 22:7-8, NIV)

A goat could also be used instead of a sheep for the Passover.

The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. (Exodus 12:5, NIV)

Jesus was a Jew and Jews are meat eaters. Except the Unclean Animals (pork,snake,shellfish etc.), Jews eat varieties of meat and Jesus was not an exception.

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Nice, I think you filled in the gap that @DJClayworth left. –  The Freemason Jan 21 '14 at 18:36

The closest i can think of to a passage that directly talks about Jesus eating meat is where he is described as eating a Passover meal. (Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22). A Passover meal would have included meat. That may not be direct enough for you.

Even if no such mention is made, it is important not to draw any excessive conclusions from this. A non-vegetarian diet would absolutely have been the norm for Jews in those days, and there is certainly no indication that Jesus did not eat meat. Jesus frequently ate with other Jews, with no indication of his having a 'special diet'. Jesus followers clearly did eat meat, and expanded their range of meat eating early in the history of the church. Mention is made of some restrictions on meat eating, which would have been unnecessary if it had been prohibited.

You might also look at this question.

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The clearest reference comes in the gospel of Luke, after the resurrection of Jesus. This is important to the doctrine that Jesus actually rose bodily--not just spiritually.

They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate before them. Luke 24:43-43 ESV

Of course, he also ate the Passover meal, which contained lamb.

(I guess you said "besides fish", but at least this references that He did eat fish.

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It's not in the gospels, but a manifestation of God ate meat prepared by Abraham in Genesis 18. I'd consider this to likely be a pre-incarnate physical manifestation of Jesus eating meat.

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As others have noted, we are specifically told that Jesus ate fish on at least one occasion, so he clearly was not a strict vegetarian. And we are told that he ate a Passover meal, which included lamb. I guess that it is barely possible that Jesus did not eat meat, as nowhere are we specifically told that he did. But then, nowhere are we told that he did not, and the Jewish diet routinely included a variety of meats. As the instructions for the Passover meal specifically command the people to kill and eat a lamb -- Exodus 12:3 -- if Jesus had not done so, one would expect that this would have been grounds for the Pharisees to attack him, and it would likely have been mentioned.

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Here is a direct passage of scripture in which Jesus Christ ate fish and honeycomb:

41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? 42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 43 And he took it, and did eat before them. (Luke 24:41-43)

During his life on earth, Jesus followed the Law of Moses which required the strict dietary observance of only "clean" meat which included (among other things) lamb, fish, bovine, and fowl. After his death and Resurrection, he appeared to Peter in a vision to tell him that the Law of Moses had been fulfilled and it was no longer requisite to follow the Law of Moses as it had been fulfilled by Jesus every whit. (See Acts 11:7-10 and 3 Nephi 15:4-6)

In 1 Timothy 4:3 we learn that God does not command to abstain from meats and warns us to beware those that do.

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Dear Friends, Jesus followed the Mosaic law. He gave the law. If the law is understood you won't be groping around like this for answers that are entirely irrelevant and are dead history. He fulfilled the law. Now the law of Christ is extant and that is what ought to be pursued; not the dead carcass of a religion like Jewry.

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