• Utilizing theory developed by scholars of Religious Studies and related disciplines, this essay theorizes the evolution of a specific rabbinic dietary regulation regarding the separation of meat and milk. In particular, this essay applies insights regarding religious rhetoric developed by Bruce Lincoln in order to analyze how ancient rabbis strategically deployed discourse as ideological persuasion in order to conceal, deconstruct, and delegitimate alternative rabbinic viewpoints regarding the permissibility of eating fowl and milk together.