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I'm surrounded by aging Mainline Protestant churches that turn my Sundays and HolyDays into Who's-Got-the-Bigger-Bell Competitions. They also make a Big Deal about Easter. In contrast, for most of my church upbringing, the story of Jesus rising from the dead showed up in pretty much every sermon - so Easter was a bit Ho-Hummish for Born-Againers. Yep - Mainline Protestant churches are kind of desperate - but that's another story.
Time to get down to business... about The Bible and Bunnies. Time to get churched on Leviticus Chapter 11 and food. (Speaking of which - am I the only one who totally gets a kick out of how Christians LOVE to roll out the Ham for Holy Day dinners? It's so In-Your-Face to their Jewish roots. What a bunch of Rebels!)
"Nevertheless, you are not to eat of these, among those which chew cud, or among those which divide the hoof: .... the camel (4)... the rock badger (5)... (6)the rabbit also, for though it chews cud, it does not divide the hoof, it is unclean to you... (7)and the pig...." yadayadayada
Behold the words of sassy-pants, femi-nazi Barbara G. Walker from "The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols & Sacred Objects":
"The hare was a subject of much controversy among fundamentalists and Bible critics of the nineteenth century, when it was noticed that among the Bible's numerous errors was the assertion that the hare is a cud-chewing animal (Leviticus 11:6). The ancients may have assumed this from the hare's habit of rapidly twitching its nose, which may have been mistake for chewing. At any rate, this and other false statements were cited to refute the doctrine of biblical inerrancy, which the more hidebound religious authorities still maintain. Pope Leo XIII's encyclical Providentissimus Deus forbade any admission of erroneous biblical statements. The church's Dogmatic Constitution of 1965 again proclaimed God the author of the Bible and all biblical statements "accurate, true, and without errors." In defiance of the church's ruling, however, hares persist in not chewing cuds." (377)
Now - any Christian worth their weight in gold has at least 2 or 3 apologetic responses to this dilemma... one of course being that the Bible is the Inspired word of God subject to the imperfection of human scribes... But I found a real deusy worth sharing regarding The Bible and The Bunny: Do rabbits chew their cud? The Bible beats the sceptics (again)...
"However, the Hebrew phrase for ‘chew the cud’ simply means ‘raising up what has been swallowed’. Coneys and rabbits go through such similar motions to ruminants that Linnaeus, the father of modern classification (and a creationist), at first classified them as ruminants. Also, rabbits and hares practise refection, which is essentially the same principle as rumination, and does indeed ‘raise up what has been swallowed’. The food goes right through the rabbit and is passed out as a special type of dropping. These are re-eaten, and can now nourish the rabbit as they have already been partly digested.
It is not an error of Scripture that ‘chewing the cud’ now has a more restrictive meaning than it did in Moses’ day. Indeed, rabbits and hares do ‘chew the cud’ in an even more specific sense. Once again, the Bible is right and the sceptics are wrong."
TAKE THAT HEATHENS!
I don't really have anything more to add -other than Jesus Is Winning!!! (because bunnies eat their #2s).
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