Before you freak out, this is in reference to this post: “The Bible and the Quran Agree: Insects have 4 legs” over at one of my favorite blogs, Dwindling in Unbelief:
“Here’s what the Bible says:
Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind. But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you. Leviticus 11:22-23
And here’s the Quran:
Allah hath created every animal of water. Of them is (a kind) that goeth upon its belly and (a kind) that goeth upon two legs and (a kind) that goeth upon four. Quran 24:45
It’s true that neither holy book comes right out and says that all insects have four legs.
But the Bible says that locusts, beetles, and grasshoppers (which are the ones you are allowed to eat) have four legs, while “all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you.” So that would seem to include insects in God’s “four legged, flying, creeping things” taxon.
The Quran is a bit less clear, but it too seems to imply that insects have either zero, two or (more likely) four legs.”
From this we can infer:
- It’s totally ok to eat insects. (See “Related posts” for more I’ve written about Entomophagy.)
- Neither holy book should be taken literally. Especially with regards to taxonomy. :D
If you want to know more about Insects and the Bible, check out “Bible References to Insects and Other Arthropods” by W. G. Bruce. (1958. Bull. Entomol. Soc. Am 4(3): 75-78.)
Locusts are mentioned more than any other insect in the Bible, BTW.
And check out Exodus 8:16-18 for info about lice.