168. Forbidden Food

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Leviticus 22:88That which dieth of itself, or is torn with beasts, he shall not eat to defile himself therewith: I am the Lord. (Leviticus 22:8) That which dieth of itself, or is torn with beasts, he shall not eat to defile himself therewith.
1. It might not be necessary among us to forbid the eating of animals which have died of disease, but in the East the lower classes will eat such food. Tavernier noticed that in Ispahan dead horses, camels, and mules were bought by people who made hashes of the meat, which they sold to the poor day-laborers.
2. The ancient Greeks prohibited the eating of the flesh of animals which had been torn by wild beasts. The Mohammedans have a similar rule. Some commentators suppose this prohibition to be grounded on the fact that the animals thus torn may have been killed by wolves, dogs, or foxes which were mad, and the flesh in this way rendered unwholesome.