Recently, I have taken an interest in the Bronze Age collapse, which, of course, includes the Levant and Judaism. After bouncing around Egypt, Sumer, Akkad, and Assyria, I’m finally working on Israel and Jerusalem. I’ve got several questions about first and second temple practices, polytheism at the time, and the “lost tribes,” but my main ask today is why I’d kosher? As far as I can tell, it’s one of the rules God set down just because, to test faith, a rule not meant for human understanding. But in context, why would this rule exist? Why would a Bronze Age population so severely restrict their diet? Why would they mark themselves so separate and different from powerful rivals? What purpose does Kosher serve?
Why is Kosher?
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