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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Biblical Limericks: Roast or Boil?


The priestly author insists, madam,
that we roast and not boil the lamb,
but Deuteronomy’s
author quite disagrees,
‘boil it,’ he says, ‘roasting be damned.’

Exodus 12: 9, Deuteronomy 16: 7

(The verb used in Deuteronomy 16:7  is translated in most every other instance as “boiled” but is deliberately changed by some translations to “cooked” or even “roasted” in this verse to bring it into line with the explicit prohibition on boiling the Passover lamb found in Exodus 12: 9)




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