Sartorius wrote:SecondTalon wrote: Or just that Pork shouldn't be eaten because at the time they didn't have a consistent way to insure the meat uniformly met a certain temperature (bugger if I can remember what and I don't feel like looking it up) to kill off the parasites and such, which is much higher temperature needed than for beef, so it was safer all around to just ban the meat outright?
See, I wish people would look at the bible in more of a sociohistorical context. As far as I know, there actually is evidence of a rather large flood in Israel/Egypt/somewhere around there, and it probably *did* look like the entire world was flooded to those who lived through it, especially because these people didn't have the kind of mobility we have today and couldn't do things like cross oceans by buying a plane ticket.
(This also reminds me of the time we talked about circumcision in my general ecology class.)
The whole idea of the flood dates back to Mesopotamia, I think the Sumerians perhaps**. They lived on a flood plain which would flood catastrophically every decade or so... this got written into their creation myths, and passed along to the regions where the Abrahamic religions formed.
** I think the Gilgamesh story was the first recorded instance of a mythological flood?