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Questions about the offerings commanded in the bible and performed in the temple. There were several types of offerings, some fully consumed on the altar and some not. In addition to certain animals, grain and incense were offered.

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What exactly was Saul's sin that caused God to reject him and punish him?

I see similar questions have already been asked about this passage but there was a lack of definite answer, some see it as a series of mistakes. I have been trying to understand the exact nature of ...
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Cow sacrifice over bull at anointing ceremony

1 Sh'mu'el 16v2, God tells the prophet to take a female cow specifically for the sacrifice that was going to take place at David's anointing. Any reason why it had to be a "female cow" ...
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Leviticus 5 "..it is hidden from him, and then he comes to know it.." exegesis

Leviticus 5 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 2 Or if a person touches any unclean thing, whether a carcass of an unclean beast or the carcass of unclean cattle or a carcass of unclean ...
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In Genesis 8:20, why did Noah offer sacrifices after the Flood?

In Genesis 8:20, Noah creates an altar after getting off the Ark: Gen 8:20 ASV - 20 And Noah builded an altar unto Jehovah, and took of every clean beast, and of every clean bird, and offered burnt-...
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Did Abraham separate with Sarah after sending away Ishmael?

The last time Sarah is with Abraham is when she sent away Ishmael.It is said this grieved Abraham so much Genesis 21:10-11 ESV So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son, for the ...
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Leviticus & Numbers offerings as holistic and comparing to a typical Western world's meal

Would it be correct to compare sacrifices in the Bible books to Leviticus and Numbers to a typical meal( more specifically a meal in Western culture)? For example, Let's analyze Numbers 28. ...
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What is the significance of the bovine sacrificial animal being referred to as ' heifer ' in the OT?

Old Testament refers to cow, especially that meant as a sacrificial offering as ' heifer'. A heifer is a cow in the making in that it has not borne a calf. Did God want his people to spare cows with ...
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What does "Put the wood in order" mean in 1 Kings 18:33?

Several translation of 1 Kings 18:33 (ESV, RSV, KJV, etc.) say "And he put the wood in order..." What was the "order" spoken of here? Similarly, Genesis 22:9 also speaks of putting wood "in order" ...
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Were Abiram and Segub the sons of Ahab or Hiel? Are their deaths accidental or intentional?

”And Ahab made an Asherah. Ahab did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him. In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. He laid its ...
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What difference between heave-offering and wave-offering?

"'This also is yours, the offering of their gift, even all the wave offerings of the sons of Israel; I have given them to you and to your sons and daughters with you as a perpetual allotment. Everyone ...
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What was the significance of 'horns' of the sacrificial altar in Exodus 30?

We read in Hebrews 10:1-4: The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after ...
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Does Deuteronomy 33:19 show that sacrifices were allowed outside of the place of the Tabernacle?

18 And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents. 19 They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for ...
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Why did God use attributes for Isaac?

We read in Gen 22:2 how Abraham is tested : Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I ...
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How could Jesus, as one man, suffer the death penalty of multiple people? [closed]

In Genesis 2:17 God tells Adam: ”but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”‬‬ Because of Adam’s sin this rebellious ...
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Why does blood have to be shed for purification and forgiveness of sins? Hebrews 9:22

I'm trying to make sense and reach a deeper understanding of the concept of blood shedding for the atonement of sins. I'm particularly interested in the why aspect of it. Hebrews 9 is an intriguing ...
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How much were sacrificial animals worth?

Leviticus 4-5 describes animal sacrifices. The chief priest had to bring a bull, while ordinary Israelites brought a female goat or lamb. Those who were too poor to afford a goat or sheep could offer ...
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Leviticus 16:16 - Does Uncleanesses + Transgressions(Rebellions) = Total Sin?

Thus he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleannesses of the people of Israel and because of their transgressions, all their sins. And so he shall do for the tent of meeting, ...
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Did Samuel pitch in within seven days as promised in 1 Samuel 10:8?

Samuel promises to meet Saul within seven days at Gilgal 1 Samuel 10:8 NIV 8 “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, ...
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( Job 1:5 ) Job seems to be offering sacrifices for his children's "probable/possible" sin and cursing of God in a legalistic/perfunctory manner

In Job 1:4-5 , it mentions that Job's children would often have feasts in order to celebrate. Job 1:1-8 1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, ...
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Why did God accept Abel's offering but reject Cain's?

Gen 4:3-7 details the account of Cain and Abel's offerings to God. Why did God accept Abel's Sacrifice but not Cain's? I have come up with the following possibilities but not sure which is right. ...
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Genesis 22:19 - where is Isaac?

Genesis 22 describes the famous binding of Isaac narrative. During the beginning of the event, Abraham and Isaac’s ascent to the mountain is described: “Early in the morning Abraham got up and ...
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May it be Inferred that the Sacrifices of Cain and Abel Occurred on a Sabbath?

We read in Gen. 4:3-5 (D-R): 3 And it came to pass after many days, that Cain offered, of the fruits of the earth, gifts to the Lord. 4 Abel also offered of the firstlings of his flock, and of their ...
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What Does "and of Their Fat" Specifically Mean in Abel's Sacrifice to God?

In Gen. 4:3-5 (D-R), we read: And it came to pass after many days, that Cain offered, of the fruits of the earth, gifts to the Lord. Abel also offered of the firstlings of his flock, and of their ...
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Do these passages Dt. 12 , Jer. 7 and Judges 11 hint that human sacrifice was offered to the LORD more often than we like to think?

We ordinarily think of human sacrifice in the Bible as being offered to Baal, Moloch, Chemosh or other Canaanite deities. But in the following verses we have a) a warning not to worship God in a ...
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Did ancient peoples transition from killing their first born children to symbolically offering them?

In the Old Testament, there are a couple of verses in which the Israelites are forbidden from killing their own children as part of a religious sacrifice (not too surprising, I hope). Do not give ...
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Did Saul intend to offer a peace offering in 1st Samuel 13?

When Samuel rebuked Saul for improperly making an offering before the Lord, he asks for both a burnt offering and a "sacrifice of well-being": He waited seven days, the time that Samuel [had set]. ...
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Does offering a firstborn male child to God strip him of the sovereignty and thus inheritance of land?

My question refers to the totality of biblical domain as I suspect this rule/law was in effect even before Abraham. If it indeed existed it would be a corollary of to the rule of the first born ...
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Why did Mary and Joseph offer "turtle doves" in Luke 2:24?

this question was asked earlier, but I haven't the "reputation" to be allowed to post on the thread. Josephus wrote that Jesus #2, ~30 years after the crucifixion of Jesus #1, was crucified ...
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In Ephesians 2:15 exactly what part of the Law has been abolished?

St Paul, speaking in the context of Jew and Gentile being brought together, declares that the "law of commandments" were abolished. "For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has ...
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Did King Josiah engage in Human Sacrifice? (2 Kings 23)

"The altar which was at Bethel, the high place built by Jeroboam, son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin—this same altar and high place he tore down and burned, grinding the high place to powder ...
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Job 1:4-5: Why does Job not discipline his sinning sons instead of bailing them out all the time?

4 And his sons visiting one another prepared a banquet every day, taking with them also their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 And when the days of the banquet were completed, Job sent and ...
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What is "a sprinkling of blood" in 1 Peter 1:2

κατὰ (according to) πρόγνωσιν (foreknowledge) Θεοῦ (of God) Πατρός (Father) ἐν (by) ἁγιασμῷ (a sanctification) Πνεύματος (of spirit) εἰς (into) ὑπακοὴν (obedience) καὶ (and) ῥαντισμὸν (a sprinkling) ...
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In Judges 11:39-40 did Jephthah actually sacrifice his daughter?

It's clear that what Jephthah intended was to sacrifice the first animal that he met when he returned home: Then the spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah. He marched through Gilead and Manasseh, ...
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Was the sacrifice of Hebrews 9:7 preventative?

Hebrews 9 compares the annual sacrifice of the high priest (v. 7) to the greater, one-time sacrifice of Jesus (vv. 11-14). In verse 7, the writer states (NKJV, emphasis mine): But into the second ...
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Why would Mary and Joseph offer "turtle doves" in Luke 2:24?

When Jesus was "presented" in Jerusalem by Mary and Joseph, the sacrifice made was "a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons": Luke 2: 22 When the days of their purification according to the law ...
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Hebrew meaning of "between evenings"

I'm trying to understand a phrase in Exodus 29:39 and Numbers 28:4. The phrase is "בין הערבים." This seems to literally mean "between evenings." It is present here in the ...
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What was the significance of the daily decrease of the number of bulls offered during Tabernacles in Numbers 29:12-32?

During the feast of Tabernacles there seems to be a gradual decrease of the number of bulls offered from the first day to the last.What is of note is that only the bulls offered decrees in number ...
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What is the meaning of 2 Corinthians 9:7

What is the meaning of "decided" in your heart, if decisions are made in the mind!? 2 Cor 9:7 - Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not out of regret or ...
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In 1 John 2:2 Propiation is translated from hilasmos. Does this word have any connection in meaning to hilasterion as in Romans 3:25?

In Rom 3:25 hilasterion seems to have a connection to the lid or cover of the ark of the covenant and some reference mercy seat to this word as Strongs concordance #2435. Does this word have reference ...
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What happened to gods share of the virgin girls in Numbers 31

In the book of Numbers, a great many bulls, goats rams etc... are killed and burned as sacrifices to God. However, in the Book of Numbers (chaoter 31; verses 25 through 42) some human women are also ...
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Is "tor-im" translated to "turtles" in KJV correct? Turtles was not used that way in 1600

In Leviticus 5:7 "tor-im" is translated as "turtledove". And in Leviticus 12:8 "tor-im" is translated as "turtle". It seems confusing for translators to translate a word one way, and then translate it ...
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Can 'face of his father' refer to human sacrifice in Gen. 11:28?

Gen. 11:28 says that Haran died in the face (פְּנֵ֖י) of his father. I'm wondering if this is a euphemism for human sacrifice, that Haran was a sacrifice to gods sort of the way Isaac was later ...
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In Leviticus 16 was there a sign that atonement had been successful or not?

In this chapter of the day of atonement we are only told about the process of how Aaron should go about perfoming this ritual for himself and the Israelites Leviticus 16:11 NASB “Then Aaron shall ...
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Leviticus 16 - Does the casting of the lots mean that the two goats are actually one sacrifice?

Relevant verses: Leviticus 16:7-10 7 Then he shall take the two goats and set them before the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 8 And Aaron shall cast lots over the two goats, one lot for ...
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Does Hebrews 9:24-26 imply mankind was sinning since the beginning of the world?

Hebrews 9:24-26 has the following explanation of Jesus' once-for-all death (NKJV, emphasis mine): For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into ...
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Why does God tell Abram to bring THESE animals?

In Genesis 15:7-10, God gives instructions to Abram: He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.” But Abram said, ...
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Does Exodus 22:28 call for child sacrifice?

In Genesis, we see a motif of first-born sons being overly aggressive and ambitious. Kain slays Abel out of a jealous wrath. Firstborn Esau and Jacob have a long-running rivalry that ends with Jacob ...
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Why were some people allowed to build altars and sacrifice at places other than the Tabernacle?

In Leviticus 17:3-5, Moses commanded that all sacrifices were to be done at the tabernacle of God. This command was vehemently enforced when the nation thought the eastern tribes had built a second ...
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Did David sacrifice every six steps in 2 Samuel 6:13?

2 Samuel 6:13 NIV 13 When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. In the above text David is said to have offered a sacrifice ...
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Is the ram mentioned in Leviticus 16 the same as the one in Numbers 29?

Leviticus 16:3 NASB Aaron shall enter the Holy Place with this: with a [d]bull as a [e]sin offering and a ram as a burnt offering. Numbers 29:2 NASB And you shall offer a burnt offering as a ...