Deuteronomy 14:21 reads: “You must not eat any body already dead.” Does that contradict Leviticus 11:40, which reads: “He who eats any of its dead body will wash his garments, and he must be unclean until the evening”?
"Questions From Readers," The Watchtower, July 1, 2005, p. 27.
There is no contradiction between these two verses. The first text repeats the prohibition against eating an
animal found dead, perhaps one that was killed by wild beasts. (Exodus 22:31; Leviticus 22:8) The second explains
what an Israelite might have done if he violated that prohibition, possibly by accident.
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