Questions tagged [sacrifice]

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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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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In Genesis 22:5 why did Abraham say “We shall return” before sacrificing Isaac?

I was reading the story of the binding of Isaac in Genesis 22 and something confused me. Abraham packs his donkey and brings with him his son and two servants to the hill God had designated. My ...
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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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Leviticus says animal sacrifice will cleanse you from your sins. Hebrews says it's impossible. What does “clean” mean?

Leviticus 16: 2The Lord said...6Aaron is to offer the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household...9 Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the Lord and ...
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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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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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Sacrifice of the first-born son leads to fury

2 Kings 3:24-27 24 But when the Moabites came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and fought them until they fled. And the Israelites invaded the land and slaughtered the Moabites. 25 They ...
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According to Hebrews 9:12, did the Lord Jesus Christ offer his blood in heaven?

In Heb. 9:12, it is written, 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. KJV, 1769 ΙΒʹ οὐδὲ δι᾽...
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What is the significance of cooking the passover lamb by fire rather than boiling?

What is the significance of cooking the passover lamb by fire rather than boiling? Exodus 12:8-9 They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs ...
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Why does blood have to 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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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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Did Ahaz burn up his sons in the fire or pass them through the fire?

I believe the literal translation is that he passes his sons through the fire. Does that mean that they still lived but were scarred for life, or did they lose their lives? 2 Chronicles 28:3 (JPS) ...
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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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In Numbers 16:46 how is atonement made for the people by Aaron burning incense?

In the tabernacle, the incense is offered as prayers before God. In Numbers 16:46,47 we see Moses telling Aaron to take his censer and run through the assembly to make atonement for them. I ...
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Sacrificing and kissing calves in Hosea 13:2

Reading Hosea 13:2 ESV, I found myself confused: And now they sin more and more, and make for themselves metal images, idols skillfully made of their silver, all of them the work of craftsmen. It is ...
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Why must animals from the flock be slaughtered on the north side?

In Leviticus 1:11, the author of Leviticus states, and [he] must slaughter it on the north side of the altar before the Lord, and the sons of Aaron, the priests, will splash its blood against the ...
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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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How did they manage to sacrifice all the animals in a day in Leviticus 23:18?

Leviticus 23:18 (KJV) 18 And ye shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be for a burnt offering unto the LORD, ...
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In Job 1:5, does Job offer sacrifices to atone for the sins of others, i.e. his sons?

In Job 1:5, it is written, 5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according ...
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Why did David not just make a sacrifice for his sins ? (Psalm 25:11,18) Why did he seek pardon directly from God?

In Psalm 25 (A Psalm of David) David expresses trust in God (v1), he requests the Lord to shew him, to teach him (v4), to lead him (v5) and to remember him (v6). Then he asks the Lord not to remember ...
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What sacrificial animals would be detestable to the Egyptians?

In Exodus 8:26 (NIV) But Moses said, "That would not be right. The sacrifices we offer the LORD our God would be detestable to the Egyptians. And if we offer sacrifices that are detestable in ...
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In Hebrews 9:22, How Should “Almost” be Interpreted, and What does it Apply to?

1. Question Clarification of the Greek Syntax : How should the word "Almost, [σχεδὸν]" be understood in Hebrews 9:22, and what does it apply to, in view of Greek Syntax, and especially in ...
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How did the Thanksgiving offering work?

A thanksgiving offering is mentioned in Leviticus 7:11-15 (NJPS): This is the ritual of the sacrifice of well-being that one may offer to the Lord: If he offers it for thanksgiving, he shall offer ...
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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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Differences between sin offering and guilt offering mentioned in the bible? (Guilt offering vs sin offering)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that there are 5 types of offerings in the bible: 1) Burnt offering 2) Grain offering 3) Peace offering 4) Sin offering 5) Guilt offering As I read ...
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Were the children of Israel permitted to perform their own sacrifices?

I've been studying in Leviticus recently, and have recently come across a passage that I have read before multiple times, but never really spent a lot of time thinking through. From Leviticus 17:3-5: ...
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Honey offerings accepted but not for burning - Leviticus 2:11

Repeatedly the phrase “land flowing with milk and honey” is referenced to the promised land, making honey a good and positive indicator of abundance, among other things. Yet honey was forbidden from ...
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What is the significance of the waving of an offering before God?

“"You shall take the breast of the ram of Aaron's ordination and wave it for a wave offering before the Lord, and it shall be your portion.” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭29:26‬ ‭ESV Why the waving? “And the ...
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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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Psalm 37:20 verse differs because the NASB uses the term “the glory of the pastures” while the KJV uses “the fat of lambs”

(Psalm 37:20) (NASB) But the wicked will perish; And the enemies of the LORD will be like the glory of the pastures, They vanish-- like smoke they vanish away. (Psalm 37:20) (KJV) But the ...
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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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Is Jeremiah 2:3 an allusion to Leviticus 19:23?

Leviticus 19:23 NIV 23 “‘When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden.[b] For three years you are to consider it forbidden[c]; it must not be eaten. 24 In ...
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Gen 4:3 Is this a specific time / day that Cain/Abel were to come and meet with YHWH? If so what time/day is it?

In Gen 4:3 it says that "in the course of time" (NASB) they brought an offering to YHVH. The 2 Hebrew words are typically translated "at the end of days" which seems to me to imply a specific end of ...
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What was Molech?

In Leviticus 18:21 (NASB) You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God; I am the Lord. In Leviticus 20:2 (NASB) “You shall also say to ...
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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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What is the significance of Adonijah sacrificing calves in 1 Kings 1?

In the old testament it is obvious that there are multiple references to sacrificing calves. From my understanding this was generally performed by the high priests to take away the sins of the people. ...
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Is Isaiah 30:27-33 about the practice of child sacrifice?

This answer cites Mark S. Smith's "The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel" where the author states that Isaiah 30:27-33 appears as the best evidence for the early ...
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GENESIS 4:3-4 - What type of offering? [closed]

There were various offerings throughout the Old Testament. In the book of Job, we see burnt offerings to cover ‘sins’. During the wilderness, these were defined. But, what type of offering were Cain ...
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Why did David make a sacrifice after six steps in 2 Samuel 6:13?

When bringing the ark to the city David makes a sacrifice after the ark had only traveled about six steps 2 Samuel 6:13 NIV 13 When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, ...
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How were the birds arranged in Abraham's sacrifice in Genesis 15:9-10?

Genesis 15:9-10 NKJV 9 So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 Then he brought all these to ...
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In Hebrews 9:26 how did the sacrifice of Jesus end the Levitic sin offerings?

New International Version Hebrews 9:26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do ...
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Are we made holy or consecrated by the sacrifice of Jesus? What is the difference?

In Hebrews 10:10, it says we are ἁγιάζω (hagiazō) through the offering of the body of Christ. Hagiazō here is ussually translated as holy, but holy is ἁγίας (hagias). From here I find ἁγιάζω is from ...
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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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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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How to understand these pairs of lawful & unlawful sacrifices in Isaiah 66:3?

Isaia 66:3 NASB 3 “But he who kills an ox is like one who slays a man; He who sacrifices a lamb is like the one who breaks a dog’s neck; He who offers a grain offering is like one who offers ...
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How are the two lambs offered on the Sabbath in Numbers 28:9?

Numbers 28:9 NASB 9 ‘Then on the sabbath day two male lambs one year old without defect, and two-tenths of an [d]ephah of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering, and its drink offering: ...
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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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Are the “Lord's offerings” the one's given during sacrifice?

In Deuteronomy 18:1 (NASB) “The Levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, shall not have a portion or inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the Lord’s offerings by fire and His property. Are the ...
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What is the deal with offering an animal for sin offering - seems mostly male, but some female instructions exist. see Lev 4:28

Lev 4:28 if his sin which he has committed is made known to him, then he shall bring for his offering a goat, a female without defect, for his sin which he has committed Is there a principle here ...
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Sin Sacrifices Before Sinai?

Is there any case prior to Sinai in which we can identify a sacrifice as being for sin? There are instances of sacrifices of dedication or thanksgiving, but I can't seem to find any I can confidently ...