Food Laws in the Bible

The consumption of food and drink was subject to certain restrictions that became the basis for later Jewish dietary practices.

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According to Mosaic law, if any of the unclean creeping things dies and falls into a clay water pot, the water is to be considered unclean, and a source of contamination. The clay pot must be broken and if the carcass of a creeping thing touches the oven, it must be broken as well (Leviticus 11:33-35).

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Geoffrey Wigoder, Ph.D., (1922-1999) general editor of the Almanac of the Bible, was the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia Judaica and editor of several other important reference works in Jewish studies.