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Fat

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The Hebrews distinguished between the suet or pure fat of an animal and the fat which was intermixed with the lean. (Nehemiah 8:10 ) Certain restrictions were imposed upon them in reference to the former; some parts of the suet, viz., about the stomach, the entrails, the kidneys, and the tail of a sheep, which grows to an excessive size in many eastern countries, and produces a large quantity of rich fat, were forbidden to be eaten in the case of animals offered to Jehovah in sacrifice. (Leviticus 3:3,9,17 ; 7:3,23 ) The ground of the prohibition was that the fat was the richest part of the animal, and therefore belonged to him. (Leviticus 3:16 ) The burning of the fat of sacrifices was particularly specified in each kind of offering.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Fat'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/sbd/f/fat.html. 1901.

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