To most westerners, the idea of eating insects is so disgusting that they find it surprising that God would have to give Moses (Leviticus 11:20) a law to forbid it: “All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be detestable to you.”

Many evolutionists scoff at the Bible, and this is a text they love to mock. Dr Gilbert Waldbauer, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Entomology (the study of insects) at the University of Illinois and member of the Society for the Study of Evolution, makes this jibe at Moses: “The specification of creeping things that go on all fours is a bit confusing. Insects have six legs. But the author of Leviticus seems not to have noticed that.”1

Is Dr Waldbauer right? Actually, no. Because there are insects—all of which have six legs—which do indeed “walk on all fours”. How so? The ultimate “author of Leviticus”—the Creator of all insect kinds about 6,000 years ago—also inspired Moses (Leviticus 11:21–23) to qualify the description (v. 20) of insects that walk “on all fours”: “There are, however, some winged creatures that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground. Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper. But all other winged creatures that have four legs you are to detest.” Now, it’s interesting to note that Dr Waldbauer acknowledges that “The first two pairs of a grasshopper’s legs are of the walking type, but the hind legs are very evidently modified for jumping”2—which matches what Leviticus actually says. That is, just because we call them legs, it doesn’t follow that the Hebrews did.3 They tended to classify according to function. It is chronological snobbery to dismiss this classification as wrong. Indeed, it’s absurd even on the face of it to think that the Hebrews didn’t notice the prominent limbs when they considered eating them.4….

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