Why Wearing Clothes of Mixed Fabrics (Lev. 19:19) Was Wrong
by Tom Gilson
Unbelievers love to bring forth unreasonable commands from the Bible to prove it’s wrong. Leviticus 19:19 is one of their favorites:
“You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your cattle breed with a different kind. You shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor shall you wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of material.
Now, that certainly seems odd, doesn’t it? But Jonathan Morrow explains it all clearly enough in Think Christianly. On page 166 he quotes Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart:
These and other prohibitions were designed to forbid the Israelites to engage in fertility cult practices of the Canaanites. The Canaanites believed in sympathetic magic, the idea that symbolic actions can influence the gods and nature…. Mixing animal breeds, seeds, or materials was thought to “marry” them” so as magically to produce “offspring,” that is, agricultural bounty in the future.
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I had never heard that before. Had you? So naturally I wondered whether it was something I could count on. Are Fee and Stuart right? Is this true? I didn’t know. Do you? Quick now, answer on your own! No googling allowed!
You wanted to look it up, didn’t you? That means you didn’t know it was wrong…
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