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The word 'kill', as in the 10 Commandments, carries the meaning of premeditated as opposed to accidental, and possibly even includes negligence. Therefore, every human being who eats, wears, or otherwise exploits any animals is violating this commandment, because with foreknowledge they planed to kill the animal or have someone else do it for them.
The oldest original Hebrew documents we have are a little over 2000 years old, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Most of the more modern printed versions contain vowel points, which does carry some interpretative value, as the same Hebrew word can mean different things and the vowel points lock it into a specific meaning, but it is all from Hebrew sages. The offering by Abel is a perfect example.
Yes, humans are classed as animals.
Since the Essene writings that were found in the caves are all in Hebrew it seems to contradict some of your information. If they were not Essenes, then they were another sect that preserved the oldest Hebrew texts. Where did you get the reverence to the translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek by the 70 scholars were Essenes?
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary
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