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Jews had nothing to do with swine.
Second, Jews of this era kept the dietary laws of kashut (kosher) more strictly than today.
Yet the gospel account says that the Gerasenes were raising pigs, which the Jews among them shouldn't eat according to Jewish law. This reality raises lots of questions that the text doesn't answer. For instance, was food so scarce then that the Gerasenes would break sacred food laws in order to have sustenance?
Or were they raising pigs to feed the hated Roman occupiers?
originally posted by: Utnapisjtim
a reply to: NOTurTypical
You forget that Judea was a Roman province, and part of the Roman Empire-- and the law they were under was the Roman one. Most people in a society are secular, and Judea had plenty salt works, so they had everything needed to prepare and store pork meat as clean as kosher. Kosher pig, anyone?