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Re: Jesus the Vegetarian (per Tertullian)

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  • Jon Peter
    Tertullian writes: Blush for your vile ways before the Christians, who have not even the blood of animals at their meals of simple and natural food; who
    Message 1 of 3 , Feb 28, 1999
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      Tertullian writes:

      "Blush for your vile ways before the Christians, who have not even the blood
      of animals at their meals of simple and natural food; who abstain from
      things strangled and that die a natural death, for no other reason than that
      they may not contract pollution, so much as from blood secreted in the
      viscera. To clench the matter with a single example, you tempt Christians
      with sausages of blood, just because you are perfectly aware that the thing
      by which you thus try to get them to transgress they hold unlawful. And how
      unreasonable it is to believe that those, of whom you are convinced that
      they regard with horror the idea of tasting the blood of oxen." -- The
      Apology, chapter 9

      (Replying to accusations of Christians' child-sacrifice and cannibalism, by
      saying just the opposite is true -- early Christians were loath to eat
      animal meat .)

      Tertullian collected works:
      http://ccel.wheaton.edu/fathers2/ANF-03/anf03-05.htm#P253_53158

      Regards,

      Jon
    • Ian Hutchesson
      ... This seems to be saying that the early Christians ate kosher, draining the blood from the animal, and following strict Jewish rules on meat eating, even
      Message 2 of 3 , Feb 28, 1999
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        At 10.29 28/02/99 -0800, Jon Peter wrote:
        >Tertullian writes:
        >
        >"Blush for your vile ways before the Christians, who have not even the blood
        >of animals at their meals of simple and natural food; who abstain from
        >things strangled and that die a natural death, for no other reason than that
        >they may not contract pollution, so much as from blood secreted in the
        >viscera. To clench the matter with a single example, you tempt Christians
        >with sausages of blood, just because you are perfectly aware that the thing
        >by which you thus try to get them to transgress they hold unlawful. And how
        >unreasonable it is to believe that those, of whom you are convinced that
        >they regard with horror the idea of tasting the blood of oxen." -- The
        >Apology, chapter 9
        >
        >(Replying to accusations of Christians' child-sacrifice and cannibalism, by
        >saying just the opposite is true -- early Christians were loath to eat
        >animal meat .)

        This seems to be saying that the early Christians ate kosher, draining the
        blood from the animal, and following strict Jewish rules on meat eating,
        even excluding things strangled or dying naturally.


        Ian
      • Jacob Knee
        Seem to remember a similar implication in the story of the matrydom of Polycarp. Best wishes, Jacob Knee
        Message 3 of 3 , Mar 1, 1999
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          Seem to remember a similar implication in the story of the matrydom of
          Polycarp.

          Best wishes,
          Jacob Knee

          >
          > This seems to be saying that the early Christians ate kosher, draining the
          > blood from the animal, and following strict Jewish rules on meat eating,
          > even excluding things strangled or dying naturally.
          >
          >
          > Ian
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          >
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