Leviticus 6:9

9 Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering: It is the burnt offering, because of the burning upon the altar all night unto the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be burning in it. KJV, ©1769

Was the burnt offering put on the altar at once or in portions since it had to burn all night?

  • I haven't found a reference to the actual practice. But, even the body of a small goat requires all night to be burnt up. Think of a BBQ. It may take all night to cook. But even on a hot fire, it takes many hours to burn to ash. In the burnt offerings, wood could be added any time. What do you think happened to the Sahara forest? <bad joke> – Bob Jones Sep 4 '17 at 1:45

1And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, 2Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them,
If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock. 3If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD.
4And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. 5And he shall kill the bullock before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
6And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces. 7And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire: 8And the priests, Aaron's sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar: 9But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.
-- Leviticus 1:1-9 (KJV)

Leviticus 1:10-13 reiterates this procedure for flock animals.

The sacrificial animals from the herd or flock were cut into parts, with inner parts and legs first being washed with water, then "the priest shall burn all on the altar".


This may depend on whether one is referring to burnt offerings offered by individuals or to those designated as continual burnt offerings. In the case of those presented by individual worshipers, these may well have been offered up all at once even though the animal was divided and washed. In the case of the continual burnt offerings, these seem to have been offered up in portions since, as we are told, the evening offering was required to be offered continually until morning.

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