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Leviticus 11:39 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(39) And if any beast.—That is, a clean animal, which is both bisulcous and ruminant, but which has not been properly slaughtered, having died from any disease or accident. During the second Temple, the law here enacted was restricted to quadrupeds, domestic or wild, but was not applicable to birds and fishes.

He that toucheth the carcase.—The carcase, in this case, is to be regarded as the dead body of an unclean animal (see Lev. 11:24-28), and defiles by contact. (See also Lev. 17:15.) This, however, only applies to the flesh of the quadruped. The skin, the bones, the sinews, the horns, and the claws are clean, the sacred Scriptures even being written on the prepared skins; and the horns used for the trumpets or horns of the sanctuary, according to the canons of the Pharisees, whilst the Samaritans and the Sadducees regarded them as polluting.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 11:39 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 11:39 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 11:39 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:39 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:39 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 11:39 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Leviticus 11:39 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Leviticus 11:39 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 11:39 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:39 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 11:39 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)