Old Testament Essays
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ADEMILUKA, Solomon Olusola. An ecological interpretation of Leviticus 11-15 in an African (Nigerian) context. Old testam. essays [online]. 2009, vol.22, n.3, pp.525-534. ISSN 2312-3621.
Leviticus 11-15 contains regulations to distinguish animals which are fit for consumption from those which are not, and regulations to control and prevent certain skin and emission diseases. Although these rules were originally meant to regulate ritual cleanness, they also anticipate certain aspects of modern environmental sanitation thereby making possible an ecological interpretation of the text. These regulations are particularly relevant in contemporary Africa where preponderant environmental pollution and frequent outbreaks of communicable diseases prevail.