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Leviticus 11:8 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(8) Of their flesh ye shall not eat.—During the second Temple the prohibition was defined to extend to the smallest quantity. If any one ate a piece of flesh less even than the size of an olive he was chastised with stripes.

And their carcase shall ye not touch.—As contact with a human dead body, which was regarded as the most defiling of all, was only forbidden to the priests (see Lev. 21:1-3), hence the prohibition here addressed to the whole nation was interpreted during the second Temple to apply simply to the occasions when the Israelites came to Jerusalem on the pilgrimage festivals. Contact with a carcase of an unclean animal on these visits precluded the worshipper from entering the sanctuary, from touching sacred things, and from partaking of the sacrificial meats.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 11:8 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 11:8 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 11:8 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:8 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 11:8 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 11:8 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 11:8 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:8 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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