Re: Genesis 9:1-4 - A Commentary on God's Concession to Eat Flesh by Frank L. Hoffman
Great. What you say makes sense. But what about the part where God says He will demand an accounting of animals that shed human blood?
I'm assuming that predation had set in by then; so why would God demand an accounting of an animal in His natural state?
Suppose, for example, a Hebrew was walking around in the wild, and he got attacked by a hungry lion. Would God be asking the animal something like, "Why did you do that, Mr. Lion?"
And the lion says, "Gee, God, I was hungry, and my pride of lions hasn't been fed for a week. This Hebrew was handy and necessary for our survival." I have thought that the verse pertains to animals under human control which must be managed like, say, bulls which must be kept in their pens lest they charge and maul a human.
I'd appreciate your thoughts.