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comment Could there have been a pragmatic purpose for the OT legal dietary restrictions?
I don't think I can argue point A much more, without making logic look silly. Perhaps one could attribute that to a moral restriction, as it seems a sadistic thing to do, and a very specific restriction, I really don't understand how the Jewish dietary law of not mixing milk and meat in general was derived from it. There still are a number of laws that could have a pragmatic basis, even if vegan diet is more superior, which, too is under question. And if it's not we could be observing an evolution of biblical diet: vegan to non-vegan to a refined non-vegan.
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Jan
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comment Could there have been a pragmatic purpose for the OT legal dietary restrictions?
Your first two questions, it seems, can be countered with the fact that Abraham neither knew the Mosaic, law nor the biology of digestion. Your final point is much more intriguing, I think. If the Lord was the one dictating the rules, he would offer a more superior diet. Assuming that a vegan diet helps avoid more disease, the only thing I can say is that having had a number of conversations with experts I couldn't build a decent vegan diet that didn't involve legumes, which most can't digest well; a healthy diet involving meat is surely possible. Thanks for an enlightening read, @rajah9.
Jan
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comment Could there have been a pragmatic purpose for the OT legal dietary restrictions?
A number of things have a potential to make a nation stand out. Carthage stood out with mass infant sacrifice, for example, while Germany with a number of great composers. To have any chance at finding the purpose of those laws, which is the same as finding out how they stand out, one ought to investigate various possibilities individually. Here such one is scientific, which seems possible if their origin is indeed divine. Another possibility is pure greed as mentioned by Marc.
Jan
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comment Could there have been a pragmatic purpose for the OT legal dietary restrictions?
Since long before I have read books 2-5 of the Pentateuch I have heard from some dietitians that mixing different animal proteins was not the best idea. While this is a controversial claim in today's science, in my personal experience that was usually true. While the combination never made me sick, I've felt less of a drain on my energy level after a meal in consistency with that advice. I wouldn't be so rash as to outright reject mixing of milk and meat as having no pragmatic basis. Although I must admit the above recipe irks my sense of morality as well. @rajah9
Jan
22
comment Could there have been a pragmatic purpose for the OT legal dietary restrictions?
Logically yes, but humanly that seems the least likely scenario. Why would someone do something as difficult as convincing an entire nation of follow a rule, pointlessly? Even in the most tyrannical governments each law is crafted for a precise purpose.
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revised Could there have been a pragmatic purpose for the OT legal dietary restrictions?
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Jan
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comment Could there have been a pragmatic purpose for the OT legal dietary restrictions?
I agree with you, as I mentioned in a comment above, a complete answer to this question is practically impossible. Although I think grouping ritually unclean ovens into dietary restrictions is a bit of a far reach. I've clarified the question to indicate what I mean by those. audio.danger.zoom
Jan
21
comment Could there have been a pragmatic purpose for the OT legal dietary restrictions?
Thanks, for that - this sort of information is what I was looking for. There still are questions of rabbits, oysters and others, and I suppose one would have to list them all to completely answer my question, to be fully strict, but because this is a historical matter as well as scientific, only partial answers are actually possible, as I see it.
Jan
21
comment Could there have been a pragmatic purpose for the OT legal dietary restrictions?
Thanks for your answer. But, to be quite honest my curiosity on the subject is not quite satisfied. Perhaps I ought to look to a Jewish community for some answers to this.
Jan
21
comment Could there have been a pragmatic purpose for the OT legal dietary restrictions?
Thanks for your answer, James. I can't agree that the title and the body of the question are very different. The body clarifies the aspect of the question of interest. The question is not "should a Christian follow these rules?", but what scientific reason, if any, did the originator of the rules, whether God or Moses, have for giving them?
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answered Do Old Testament individual, family and social laws and guidance apply to Christians or did Jesus come to discard OT laws and guidance?