ADVERTISING
 
Monday, February 18   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 

 
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Bible literacy
How often do you read the Bible?







SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Antonio Cruz
 

The mountain goat

The Old Testament links the health of the body with the health of the soul.

ZOE AUTHOR Antonio Cruz 08 APRIL 2017 10:00 h GMT+1
Photo: Antonio Cruz

These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, the deer, the gazelle, the roe deer, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope and the mountain sheep. You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud. (Dt. 14:4-6)



The mountain goat, which you can still easily see on the desert mountains in Israel, belongs to the subspecies Capra ibex nubiana. I saw this example in Ein Guedi, near the Dead Sea. It is a ruminating mammal, often referred to in the Bible as suitable for human consumption and on account of their gracefulness. Its Hebrew name, Jahel and Jahala, is also given to people (Ezra 2:56).



The Old Testament links the health of the body with the health of the soul. Everything that is liable to cause human illness and death is considered impure, and God forbids it. Although the rules of purity had an eminently religious character, they were also based on practical, health related considerations.



The animals with a split hoof which ruminated, like cows, goats and sheep, could be eaten, while others which did not possess these features, like pigs, were forbidden. Now we know that these animals have parasites and microbes, as they sometimes feed on carrion, and these bacteria can invade the human body, especially if the meat is not well cooked, which can trigger a range of diseases.



As Christians, we are not required to obey these Levitical purity laws, as Christ has freed us from the constraints of the old covenant, and placed us under the new one (Colossians 2:13-23; 1 Timothy 4:4). However, we must be careful what we eat, and shun all kinds of excess because, as Paul said on the subject of fornication, our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6: 19-20).


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - - The mountain goat
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities

Christians rallied in Sofia on November 18 to defend their rights. It is the second Sunday of peaceful demonstrations against a new religion draft law that could severely restrict religious freedom and rights of minority faith confessions.

 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
VIDEO Video
 
In the workshop of cartoonist Alain Auderset In the workshop of cartoonist Alain Auderset

The Swiss-Spanish artist and Evangelical Focus author speaks about how he relates work and faith.

 
Can science explain everything? Can science explain everything?

A debate about science and faith between Oxford Emeritus Professor of Mathematics John Lennox and Oxford Emeritus Professor in Chemistry Peter Atkins. Moderated by journalist Justin Brierley.

 
The gospel in East Ukraine's prisons The gospel in East Ukraine's prisons

Many are coming to Christ in some of the toughest prisons in this troubled part of the country.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.