In Act IV, scene i with the witches, what do "blaspheming" and "chaudron" mean?

In Act IV, scene i with the witches, what do "blaspheming" and "chaudron" mean?

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"Blaspheming" means to speak profanely to or of God or sacred things.  My understanding of that phrase, "liver of blaspheming Jew," is that the witches are including the liver of a Jew - it would have been characteristic in Shakespeare's day to call Jews blasphemers because they rejected Christ as the Savior and Son of God.

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I think you are referring to the passage below:

THIRD WITCH.
Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witch's mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg'd i' the dark,









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"Blaspheming" means Jews who scolded vulgarities and speak crudely without any manners that would hurt people, to speak in a profane language that is not nice but very rude.

"Chaudron" means guts of the Jews. Why do Shakespere called them Chaudron? it is because they had not respected the Lord Our God and had rebelled against his awmighty power and strength

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