( Le 17:15,16 ) As for any soul that eats a body (already) dead
or something torn by a wild beast , whether a native or an
alien resident , he must in that case wash his garments and
bathe in water and be unclean until the evening ;
and he must be clean .
But if he will not wash them and will not bathe his flesh ,
he must then answer for his error.*** w83 4/15 31 Questions From Readers ***
So, no worshiper of God could eat blood, whether from (or in the flesh of) an animal that had died of itself or from one that was killed by man. " Yes, God acknowledged that an Israelite might err inadvertently. Hence, Leviticus 17:15 can be understood as providing for such an error. For example, if an Israelite ate meat served him and then learned that it was unbled, he was guilty of sin. But because it was inadvertent he could take steps to become clean. This, however, is noteworthy: If he would not take those steps, "he must then answer for his error."-Leviticus 17:16.
nwt says : he must then answer for his error .
niv : says he will be held responsible .
Saying error works great for the wt, that way they can treat
this issue like an Israelite going to Arbys and ordering a roast beef
sandwich only to find out later it was from a cow that was
found dead . All he has to do is go home take a shower
and throw his clothes in the wash and he's all good the next day.
But what if he only finds out the sandwich was from an already
dead cow when he reads about it in the paper the next day, then what?
I think the Israelites would have ate found dead animals
all the time .If you had a nation living in the widerness
I'm sure food was scarce .
With all the flocks of sheep and goats and herds of
cows . I'm sure there were plenty of times jews woke up
in the morning and found old betsy dead .
Saying "be held responsible" to me says: yeah go ahead and
eat the cow, sheep or goat, but don't take it too lightly because of:
the touching of dead things law, and the proper draining of
blood laws and the sanctity of life symbolized by the blood.
But to throw it away would be a big waste.
and we know Jews are not a wasteful people.
Also what about the guy serving the bad meat what happens to him?
What if he eats the meat?
Oh yeah he's just working the counter at Arbys how could
he know it was bad meat.
Another thought: most hunters find there animals already dead,
sometimes the next day. If its cold the meat is still good, not as good, but
it's still good. I know of witnesses where this would be acceptable to do.
I wonder if the watchtower has a time limit for the animal to be dead ?