Non-kosher fish eaten in Jerusalem during early days of Judaism

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Catfish was being eaten in Jerusalem and surrounding areas even as Judaism was emerging there

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Non-kosher fish was on the menu in areas that are now part of Israel and Egypt while Judaism was developing in the region and the Hebrew Bible was being written there.

The Torah – the first five books of the Hebrew Bible – states that certain foods, including pork and aquatic animals that lack fins and scales, shouldn’t be eaten. Modern, practising Jewish people are prohibited from eating these foods.

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