The most cursory reader of [Leviticus] must be impressed with the prominence that is given to the
shedding of blood, and to the vast amount of blood which must have been
poured out in the service of the tabernacle and temple, making them
perpetually reek with streams of gore, like a slaughter-house whose
floor is ever crimsoned by the ceaseless work of death.
The emphatic and reiterated prohibition of eating blood is expressly founded on the declaration that it is the נֶפֶשׁ (nephesh), or animal soul. Leviticus 17:10, 11. So deeply was this interdict engraven on the heart of the Jews, that even the first Christian council in Jerusalem classify it with the violation of the law of purity contained in the seventh commandment. Acts 15:29.