It's hard to cook pork thoroughly enough over a campfire to insure that all parasitic organisms are killed. Additionally to a people not completely aware of proper hygeine the fact that pigs are okay with living in filth would make them appear to be unclean animals.
Bollocks. Ever been to a luau? They cook a pig over a fire.
As I pointed out, every other culture on the planet that had access to pigs has eaten pork without any major hindrance for as long as there have been pigs and people. It could not possibly be that difficult.
Watching some one die of asphyxiation from a shellfish allergy would have been all it would take for the whole tribe to decide that God didn't want people to be eating shellfish.
plausible, but again, every other culture on the planet that had access to shellfish has eaten shellfish without any major hindrance for as long as there have been shellfish and people.
I think the bit about not cooking a kid in it's mother's milk is an admonition against cruelty. I mean think about it a little. You milk the goat then boil it's own baby in that milk. That seems unnecessarily cruel.
This is the basis for the kosher laws wherein they cannot mix meat and dairy. Hamburgers - okay. Cheeseburgers - you get stoned to death. And my whole point was about jaime's statement about "dangerous food". This is not even remotely dangerous.
But we're talking about people who don't know about proper food handling as defined by current health standards.
I do not think that is quite true. I think a pastoral people who ate beef, sheep, goats fowl etc, would pretty quickly figure out how to handle meat or natural selection would take care of them. I think you have to go back a lot further than the bronze age to find people who were too stupid to figure out what to eat. Or a lot farther into the future.
Besides that, ask an orthodox jew what the kosher laws are for and he will tell you it is not about hygiene or food safety. It is about spiritual