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Did Jesus eat pork?


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December 13, 2009 8:18AM

Despite the temptation of giving a simple answer, this is a harder question than meets the eye.
As well as being wholly divine Jesus was also wholly a human being, and a Jew. Therefore, he would have, on face value, adhered to the Jewish customs of the day, which included not eating the flesh of pigs (pork, ham, etc).
However, Jesus spoke on many occasions about the Jewish Law. On one occasion, where he was criticised by the Pharisees for not ritually washing his hands before a meal, he said:
"It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man."
Then the disciples came and said to Him, "Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?" But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted. "Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit."
[Matthew 15: 10-12]

In this - the most Jewish of the gospels, Matthew surprisingly has Jesus saying that what they ate was of no consequence - but only what came out of their mouths (eg slander, gossip, hate, hurtful words etc) that was the problem.
Therefore in answer to the question 'Did jesus eat pork' the answer is that we simply do not know, as nowhere in the gospels does it state that he either ate pork or abstained. However, whilst being a Jew who would normally have abstained from pork, it is also quite likely that he did eat it, if he was to abide by his own teaching.

Another answer
Nein! Jesus, as a Jew, most certainly did NOT eat pork. It clearly states in Leviticus the laws of kosher.

Leviticus 11 states that:
3 Whatever parts the hoof and is cloven-footed and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat. 4 Nevertheless, among those that chew the cud or part the hoof, you shall not eat these: The camel, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. 5 And the rock badger, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. 6 And the hare, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. 7 And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. 8 You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.