Hello to all,
22 The Lord said to Moses, 23 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Do not eat any of the fat of cattle, sheep or goats. 24 The fat of an animal found dead or torn by wild animals may be used for any other purpose, but you must not eat it. 25 Anyone who eats the fat of an animal from which a food offering may be[c] presented to the Lord must be cut off from their people. 26 And wherever you live, you must not eat the blood of any bird or animal. 27 Anyone who eats blood must be cut off from their people.’”
In Lev 17:
13 “‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth, 14 because the life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, “You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off.”
Anyway, I am helping a friend’s mom overcome this passage. She had been approached by an Iglesia ni Christo member. The INC member seems so focused on this one restriction and ignores the rest of the 613.
a) Is this part of the dietary restriction for the Jews during the OT?
2). What was the purpose of this restriction? What has to be gained by this restriction?
Note: I am aware that in the NT, the dietary restrictions have been dispensed with. I am trying to gain an understanding of this particular restriction with respect to the blood of animals.
Any insights from our Jewish friends are most certainly welcome