Eleazar refuses to eat the swine food (2 Macc 6:18-6:20)

“Eleazar, one of the scribes in a high position, was a man now advanced in age and of noble presence. He was being forced to open his mouth to eat swine’s flesh. But he welcomed death with honor rather than life with pollution. He went up to the rack of his own accord. He spit out the flesh, as men ought to do who have the courage to refuse things that it is not right to taste, even for the natural love of life.”

We have the story of the elder scribe Eleazar. Eleazar was also the name of the brother of Judas that died killing an elephant in 1 Maccabees, chapter 6. This obviously is a different Eleazar who would not eat swine flesh. The prohibition against pork was so strong that he spat out the meat when it was forced into his mouth. He went happily to death rather than eat the unclean meat.

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