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25 February 2012


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Very interesting take on dietary laws and the Garden of Eden. I'm not sure about your last question. Something to ponder at least....


One thing I wonder now: let us suppose that the forbidding of the fruit is a dietary law. What if that law served the same purpose as I mentioned the Jewish dietary laws having: that of setting the individuals apart, to "clearly demarcate them" from their surroundings? In that case, the law identifies who is human. The animals are not, in the story, ordered to obey any law that they could choose to disobey. People become almost by definition "people of the law."

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