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Leviticus 11:24-28 gives us more evidence of the bible being an amalgam of multiple sources. First, God tells Moses that touching the carcass of an unclean animal makes you unclean (he already said this). Then, he says that if you do touch an unclean animal, you must wash your clothes (already said), and are considered unclean until nightfall. Next, he tells Moses that if an animal isnít both cloven-hoofed and chews the cud, they are unclean (covered already), and that touching their carcasses makes you unclean (same thing). Then, he tells Moses that touching an unclean animal makes you unclean (4th). Then, he tells Moses that animals that walk on paws are unclean (already implied from earlier), and touching their carcasses makes you unclean (also implied). Finally, he says that if you pick up the carcasses of an unclean animal, you must wash your clothes (again), and youíre unclean until nightfall (6th timeís a charm!).

Hm, maybe biblical scholars are wrong in thinking there are only -four- sources to the Torah! Anyway, the take home of all of this is that touching the corpse of an unclean animal is bad, even though no reason is given. It can be argued that the carcass of a rotting wild animal can carry any manner of pestilence, but itís not like clean animals are magically immune to disease.

Also, why is it you have to wash your clothes to make them clean, but your skin that actually touched to carcass is magically clean come night fall? Again, this is the kind of logic you get when you donít understand bacteria.



Richard writes:


I just had a thought. What if there wasn't multiple sources, but only one that had Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? Every time he got to the end of a command, he thought, "Need to make sure to remind everyone to close the fridge and check the oven." as well as some of the strange things he mentions everyone must do.

I am not sure you should rule out other possibilities. It could be that the author had OCD, and had to repeat everything he wrote three to 10 times. It would explain some of the bizarre rituals as well, including the worry about 'unclean' things.

If you look at some of the bizarre things, many repetitions that are or near identical, and seemingly irrational fears of unclean things, this actually points strongly to the mental disorder of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Excuse me, I have to go check the oven.

Ladyofthemasque writes:


Richard...that actually makes a lot of sense. I'm not ruling out multiple writers, but I'd be willing to bet at least one of them had OCD, if not two...since the second one would only keep and reinforce such repetitions. (I hesitate to call them authors, being a published author myself, because the thing is so badly written, I don't want to get any of the associated stench splashed on myself.)


Oh the irony!