The Midrash relates that Og, later to become King of Bashan, survived the flood in the generation of Noach (Pirkei d'Rabbi Eliezer, 23). Was he responsible for following the seven commandments despite not being a member of Noach's family?


As DoubleAA wrote in the comments below, I am asking whether the change to Noachide law applied to Og, or whether he was bound by the previous code.

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We call them the "sheva mitzvos bnei Noach," but I think that the term is "lav davka" (imprecise).

See Rambam, Melachim 9:1. From his language, it seems that Og was obligated in all seven except ever min hachai. But see the Kesef Mishneh there ('ד"ה על ששה דברים כו); from his language it seems that Og was either not allowed to eat meat at all or was also obligated in ever min hachai, since before Noach meat was not permitted at all.

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    I think the question was if, after the flood, Og became obligated in 7 or remained only obligated in 6.
    – Double AA
    Jun 5, 2012 at 2:07
  • Yes, and if he remained obligated in only six, he couldn't eat meat at all, as I explained using the K"M.
    – b a
    Jun 5, 2012 at 2:14
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    That's fine. It still doesn't answer which of those two situations he was in.
    – Double AA
    Jun 5, 2012 at 2:19
  • ba - I've clarified my question as per @DoubleAA
    – Fred
    Feb 6, 2013 at 5:33
  • Also worth mentioning the opinion of Tosafos (Sanhedrin 56b, s.v. Achol) that Adam was prohibited from killing and eating meat but was permitted to eat meat from animals that died sua sponte.
    – Fred
    Jun 12, 2022 at 7:56

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