unclean


unclean
There is a comprehensive list in the Pentateuch of creatures that are regarded as unclean and therefore forbidden as food, or even to be touched (Lev. 11:8); those animals that ruminate (chew the cud) but do not have cloven hooves, such as camels and hares, or vice versa in the case of pigs. Other unclean creatures include rats and mice, eels and crabs, insects (but not locusts), and some birds.
The attitude to unclean food caused bitter discussion in the early Church. Jewish Christians wished to continue the observance of the Law and demanded that Gentile converts should do so too. Paul resisted the demand, and denounced his opponents in his letter to the Galatians. The conflict is also reflected in the gospels (e.g. Mark 7:19). Cf. Acts 10. See also clean and unclean.

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  • Unclean — Un*clean , a. [AS. uncl?ne. See {Unnot}, and {Clean}.] 1. Not clean; foul; dirty; filthy. [1913 Webster] 2. Ceremonially impure; needing ritual cleansing. [1913 Webster] He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days. Num.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Unclean — may refer to:*something which is not clean or which lacks purity. *A term sometimes used as a translation of the term tamei in the Hebrew Bible. In Judaism, Tamei refers to a state of ritual impurity requiring purification through immersion in a… …   Wikipedia

  • unclean — index insalubrious, lewd, prurient, repulsive, salacious, tainted (contaminated) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • unclean — O.E. unclæne, morally impure, defiled, unfit for food, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + CLEAN (Cf. clean) (adj.). Literal sense of dirty is recorded from mid 13c …   Etymology dictionary

  • unclean — [adj] dirty bedraggled, befouled, besmirched, black, blurred, common, contaminated, corrupt, decayed, defiled, desecrated, dusty, evil, feculent, fetid, filthy, foul, grimy, impure, messy, muddy, nasty, polluted, profaned, putrescent, putrid,… …   New thesaurus

  • unclean — ► ADJECTIVE 1) dirty. 2) immoral. 3) (of food) regarded in a particular religion as impure and unfit for use or consumption. 4) (in biblical use, of a spirit) evil …   English terms dictionary

  • unclean — [un klēn′] adj. [ME unclene < OE unclæne: see UN + CLEAN] 1. dirty; filthy; foul 2. ceremonially impure 3. morally impure; unchaste, obscene, or vile uncleanness n …   English World dictionary

  • unclean — [[t]ʌ̱nkli͟ːn[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is unclean is dirty and likely to cause disease. ...the Western attitude to insects as being dirty and unclean... By bathing in unclean water, they expose themselves to contamination. Syn: dirty Ant …   English dictionary

  • unclean — uncleanness, n. /un kleen /, adj., uncleaner, uncleanest. 1. not clean; dirty. 2. morally impure; evil; vile: unclean thoughts. 3. Chiefly Biblical. having a physical or moral blemish so as to make impure according to the laws, esp. the dietary… …   Universalium

  • unclean — un|clean [ˌʌnˈkli:n] adj 1.) biblical morally or spiritually bad ▪ an unclean spirit 2.) unclean food, animals etc are those that a particular religion says must not be eaten, touched etc 3.) dirty ▪ unclean drinking water >uncleanness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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