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Ch. xv. 20.] Exercitations

by John Lightfoot
Ch. xv. 20.] Exercitations upon the Acts. 133 sion, that they might not take offence. By blood, therefore, I can by no means understand murder: TTVLKTQV, strangled, shall be considered by and by. I. For wherefore should any mention of murder come into this present controversy? Were the Gentile converts to be brought over to Moses, when the moral precepts of Moses scarcely came in their minds as being  the precepts even of nature itself? But the question isp  about ceremonials; and what hath murder to do in that ? and, as I have already said, what need could there be of such peculiar caution against murder to those who had embraced the gospel of love and peace ? II. By the prohibition of blood, therefore, I make no ques-tion but that caution is given against eating  of blood; which is more than once prohibited in the lawq:  and there could hardly any thing except an idol be named  that the Jew had a greater abhorrence for than the eating of blood. III. The Jews distinguish between אבר מן החי the member of a living beast, and דם מן ההי the blood of a living beastr. The former is forbidden by that,  Flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall you not eat. The latter also is forbidden,  Thou shalt not eat blood let out by the cutting of a vein, or any other way, from any beast, saith R. Chaninah in  the place above quoted. See also Pesikta  and R. Solomons;  and instead of more, that passaget:  Where-fore is blood  forbidden five times in Scripture? [  Gen. ix. 4, Lev. iii. 17, vii. 26, xvii. 10, Deut. xii. 16.] That the blood of animals that are holy might be included, and the blood of animals not holy, and the blood that was to be covered in the dust, and the blood אבר החי of the member of a living beast, ודם התמצית and the blood that is let out, by the cutting of a vein or otherwise. God himself adjudgeth him that eats blood to be cut off, Lev. vii. 27, & c. But as to this matter there are wondrous nice and subtle questions and distinctions laid down in Maimonidesu;  I will only transcribe this one:  As to the blood that is let  out, and the blood of the mem-bers, viz. of the spleen, the kidneys, the testicles, and the p Leusdens edit., vol. ii. p. 735.  in Gen. ix. q Gen. ix. 4. Deut. xii. 16,  & c.  t Cherithuth,  fol. 76. 2. r Sanhedr. fol. 59. I. u Maimón.  Maacaloth Asuroth, s Pesikta in Deut. xii.  R. Sol. cap. 6.   Chapter Home t t t t t t

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Ch. xv. 20.] Exercitations upon the Acts. 133 sion, that they might not take offence. By blood, therefore, I can by no means understand murder: TTVLKTQV, strangled, shall be considered by and by. I. For wherefore should any mention of murder come into this present controversy? Were the Gentile converts to be brought over to Moses, when the moral precepts of Moses scarcely came in their minds as being the precepts even of nature itself? But the question isp about ceremonials; and what hath murder to do in that ? and, as I have already said, what need could there be of such peculiar caution against murder to those who had embraced the gospel of love and peace ? II. By the prohibition of blood, therefore, I make no ques-tion but that caution is given against eating of blood; which is more than once prohibited in the lawq: and there could hardly any thing except an idol be named that the Jew had a greater abhorrence for than the eating of blood. III. The Jews distinguish between אבר מן החי the member of a living beast, and דם מן ההי the blood of a living beastr. The former is forbidden by that, \\" Flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall you not eat.\\" The latter also is forbidden, \\" Thou shalt not eat blood let out by the cutting of a vein, or any other way, from any beast,\\" saith R. Chaninah in the place above quoted. See also Pesikta and R. Solomons; and instead of more, that passaget: \\" Where-fore is blood forbidden five times in Scripture? [ Gen. ix. 4, Lev. iii. 17, vii. 26, xvii. 10, Deut. xii. 16.] That the blood of animals that are holy might be included, and the blood of animals not holy, and the blood that was to be covered in the dust, and the blood אבר החי of the member of a living beast, ודם התמצית and the blood that is let out,\\" by the cutting of a vein or otherwise. God himself adjudgeth him that eats blood to be cut off, Lev. vii. 27, & c. But as to this matter there are wondrous nice and subtle questions and distinctions laid down in Maimonidesu; I will only transcribe this one: \\" As to the blood that is let out, and the blood of the mem-bers, viz. of the spleen, the kidneys, the testicles, and the p Leusden's edit., vol. ii. p. 735. in Gen. ix. q Gen. ix. 4. Deut. xii. 16, & c. t Cherithuth, fol. 76. 2. r Sanhedr. fol. 59. I. u Maimón. Maacaloth Asuroth, s Pesikta in Deut. xii. R. Sol. cap. 6. << Chapter >> Home t t t t t t
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