Glen T. Winstein

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  The pour and bury verses
  Animals found dead

symbolic life to God so God will forgive the sin in the follower's life).  So
Israelites and resident aliens shouldn't eat any blood or they will be cut off
from among their people.

  The verses about blood are in a context about animal sacrifices.  The JWs
leaders' view, the death penalty for eating any sort of blood, is imaginable but
not required here by context.

  The JWs leaders' NWT uses "any sort of blood" in verse 10, probably to have
the imaginable interpretation of "any" that suits their blood doctrine be the
translation, combined with their choice of interpretation for "cut off," to
make it a death penalty if a follower eats even a little human blood.  "Any of
the blood" is an imaginable interpretation to take from the word "any," too;
most translations just leave it as "any" and let context decide what blood is
referred to.  We don't know that "cut off" meant the death penalty beyond verses
for which it's stipulated, though. (See p.42)
  ("Insight on the Scriptures," Vol.1, 1988, "BLOOD," p. 344.)

  Lev.19:1,2,26

  Israelites should not eat any flesh with the blood in it ("...must eat noth-
ing along with the blood"--NWT).
  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=leviticus%2019;&version=49;


  The pour and bury verses

  "The Ten Commandments" directed by Cecil B. DeMille, 1956

  Israelites and resident aliens who slaughter an animal for food shall pour
the blood of domestic animals suitable for sacrifice on the altar of God (Deut.
12:27; agrees with Lev.17:11).  And since blood is the life of every creature
("the soul of every sort of flesh"--NWT), pour the blood of
  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=deuteronomy%2012;&version=49;
  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=leviticus%2017;&version=49;

  - wild animals unsuitable for sacrifice (Lev.17:13,14), and, likewise,
  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=leviticus%2017;&version=49;

  - domestic animals slaughtered far from the altar (Deut.12:1,15,16,20-25) and
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  - domestic animals unsuitable for sacrifice due to a defect (Deut.14:1; 15:
19-23),
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  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=deuteronomy%2015;&version=49;

on the ground.

  Lev.17:13 carries the extra stipulation of covering the blood of wild animals
killed for food but unsuitable for sacrifice with dust.  (Compare it with
verses on other fatal or non-fatal wounds, or on animals or people found dead,
such as Ex.4:24-26; Lev.17:15,16; 24:19,20; Deut.14:21; 17:8,9; and Judges 1:
6,7.)
  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=exodus%204;&version=49;
  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=leviticus%2017;&version=49;
  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=leviticus%2024;&version=49;
  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=deuteronomy%2014;&version=49;
  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=deuteronomy%2017;&version=49;
  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=judges%201;&version=49;


  The JWs leaders give "the pour and bury verses" as indicating a follower was
to bury any blood they cause to come out of a human or animal.  The JWs leaders
give this as a reason to consider the blood donated by a person for medical use
as being blood God wanted the remover to dispose of and blood that a follower
shouldn't use for anything.

  The JWs leaders add to what's written in these verses.  Mosaic "pour and bury"
verses indicate a follower was to pour the blood of the types of animals
listed, when used as listed, on the ground, symbolically returning the life
they took from the animal to the God who created and provided all life.

  Humans aren't in any of the killed animal categories listed above.  It wasn't
okay to kill a human as long as you buried the blood.  Human blood donors aren't
killed.  The JWs leaders add to what's written to apply the "pour and bury"
verses to blood donated for medical use.


  Animals found dead

  Israelites shouldn't eat animals found dead, therefore unclean (Ex.20:22; 22:
31; Lev.1:8,11,24,27,31,39,40, and others).
  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=exodus%2020;&version=49;
  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=exodus%2022;&version=49;
  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=leviticus%201;&version=49;

  "Unclean" here means physically and ritually impure for religious and food
uses--even to touch.  Such animals couldn't be used at Lev.6:24-29, for exam-
ple.  Already dead, their lives couldn't be sacrificed by pouring the blood
from them, they wouldn't be properly bled if bled at all, and might be un-
healthy to eat.
  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=leviticus%206;&version=49;

  If Israelites touch them, they are unclean till evening.  If they eat them,