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929 Project: Genesis 9 – the vegetarian diet

July 25, 2018

This series is coordinated with the 929 project, as explained in this post.  A table of abbreviations and acronyms used is available here.

Genesis 9:3:

כל רמש אשר הוא חי לכם יהיה לאכלה כירק עשב נתתי לכם את כל

Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and just as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. (NRSV)

Sometimes I meet a Bible quoter who cites Genesis 9:3 to criticize vegetarians. 

When this happens, I cite Daniel 1:11-16:

Then Daniel asked the guard whom the palace master had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: “Please test your servants for ten days. Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.  You can then compare our appearance with the appearance of the young men who eat the royal rations, and deal with your servants according to what you observe.”  So he agreed to this proposal and tested them for ten days.  At the end of ten days it was observed that they appeared better and fatter than all the young men who had been eating the royal rations.  So the guard continued to withdraw their royal rations and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.  (NRSV, emphasis added)

(NB this blog entry was posted on August 1, 2018, and backdated to July 25 for reasons explained here.)

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