This is not a question of biology. I know the answer to that one. Rather it is a question of mores. Did the inhabitants of ancient Israel and Judah have different mores regarding urination than they had regarding defecation when they only had to urinate? And if so, to what extent were these mores consistent over time, place and religious (or sectarian) tradition?
As the world’s leading authority on pissing against a wall , I have a stake in these questions. I was hoping that James Tabor’s ASOR blog paper “Texts without Qumran and Qumran without Texts: Searching for the Latrines” would answer the question at least for Qumran. It didn’t. Even so, Tabor’s piece is abnormally interesting.
Via Jim West