Life In Bethlehem Essay

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Life in Bethlehem had many facets. One of main things that separated the jews from the rest of the world was what they eat, or more importantly what they did not. For Jews, it was forbidden to eat pork. This is due to the fact that the Torah says pigs are unclean. As Scott Korb states in his book, "perhaps the most obvious thing to say about food... would be that the people did not eat pigs, which to them was essentially how it had always been. The law came down from God, through Moses himself, and was first recorded in the Torah."(book)

Although not eating pork is not the only thing we know about their dietary habit. They ate many different things indigenous to the area such as olives, ...view middle of the document...

There are many different ways that you can become unclean, many of which are the result of touching someone who had be considered unclean. Scott lists some of the examples in his book. "Anyone who touched a corpse was unclean. Anyone who touched someone who had touched a corpse was unclean... Foreigners were unclean, and contact with them threatened you, too. And so on... Basically, at some point everyone - women more than men, it would seem - became ritually unclean." (106)

One can not talk about the uncleanliness of this time frame without mentioning the health of the population. When a person thinks about diseases of this era, most would think of leprosy, a person whose skin and other limbs where falling off or at least how we think of it. It is actually a rather simple scaling of the skin with a flaky condition, and while it is extremely uncomfortable, it is temporary. While it was not as bad as we make it out to be, it was still not a pleasant thing to have. Luckily, they had a treatment of Lepra or at least their version of a treatment. "The person who has the leprous decease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head be disheveled; and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, "Unclean, unclean." He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease, he is unclean. He shall live alone; his dwelling shall be...

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