This article appeared in The Idaho Statesman March 3.
ALLIANCE GAVE FLAWED ANALYSIS OF SCRIPTURE
by Rabbi Dan Fink (rabbi for the Ahavath Beth Israel congregation)
What does the Bible say about how to manage our state’s wolf population? A recent Statesman article presented the perspective of the Idaho Values Alliance. The group’s position is based on several verses from the book of Leviticus, in which God proclaims: “If you follow my decrees, I will remove savage beasts from the land. But if you do not listen to me, I will send wild animals against you.” According to the IVA, this passage provides a scriptural mandate to hunt and destroy wolf packs.
There are, however, several flaws in their interpretation.[…] Read on…