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

Abraham told his servants that He and Isaac would return because He knew that God could raise Isaac from the dead. Heb. 11:17-19, "17 By faith Abraham hath offered up Isaac, being tried, and the ...
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In Genesis 22:5 why did Abraham say "We shall return" before sacrificing Isaac?

The answer is simple: Abraham was hiding his true intentions from Isaac - were he to know what he was trying to do with him he would surely protest. This is evident from verses 7-9: The fire and ...
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Job 1:4-5: Why does Job not discipline his sinning sons instead of bailing them out all the time?

When the Bible says that his sons feasted, it is not "every day" - it is on "every one his day". That might have been his birthday. Or, it could have been that the sons all took ...
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Genesis 22:19 - where is Isaac?

Yoreh's analysis that you cite is compelling, but does contain contradictions of its own. For example his 'pottery' analogy to the biblical text does emphasise the reverence that the ancients had for ...
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Leviticus says animal sacrifice will cleanse you from your sins. Hebrews says it's impossible. What does "clean" mean?

'Clean' (טָהֵר) in Leviticus 16 The Hebrew verb טָהֵר / taher is used consistently throughout the Hebrew Bible in terms of cleansing or purifying, and so in the context of Leviticus 16 the stated ...
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What is the significance of cooking the passover lamb by fire rather than boiling?

They were to eat the lamb roasted over fire because it was quick: the same reason they were to eat it with their cloak tucked into their belt, their sandals on their feet and their staff in their ...
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Does Numbers 18:15-16 permit child sacrifice?

In short, the verses are not talking about sacrificing (putting to death in offering) human children, but passing over of the firstborn to the service of God. The Keil and Delitzsch Biblical ...
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In Judges 11:39-40 did Jephthah actually sacrifice his daughter?

In addition to Soldarnal's point I would like to add that there is evidence that Jephthah's dagheter's request to "mourn her virginity" was an ancient cultic rite associated with the cult of Anath and ...
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Are we made holy or consecrated by the sacrifice of Jesus? What is the difference?

In Greek, the stem carries the meaning and the suffix is usually the part of speech. In the example you quote we have: ἁγιάζω (hagiazó) is the verb meaning to hallow, sanctify, make holy etc. That ...
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What exactly was Saul's sin that caused God to reject him and punish him?

The events of 1 Samuel ch13 should be compared with Samuel's instructions in a a previous chapter. "And you shall go down before me to Gilgal and behold I am coming to you to offer burnt ...
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What Does "and of Their Fat" Specifically Mean in Abel's Sacrifice to God?

Abel not only followed the example and precedent set by Jehovah-Elohim himself (who had slain animal life to provide coats of skins for Adam and for Eve) he offered the firstlings. Cain offered fruit, ...
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In Genesis 22:5 why did Abraham say "We shall return" before sacrificing Isaac?

While I like various points from a number of highly upvoted answers here, I do not feel any one of them captures the whole picture, so I'll offer a compilation of what I see as the primary points to ...
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What is the meaning of 2 Corinthians 9:7

A literal translation of the Greek text reads: "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart [so let him give] not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." (A.V.) ...
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According to Hebrews 9:12, did the Lord Jesus Christ offer his blood in heaven?

Background Info As other answers here show, to even begin to answer this from Scripture, one has to piece together other Scriptures, as the wording of Heb 9:12 is not distinct enough by grammar alone ...
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Leviticus says animal sacrifice will cleanse you from your sins. Hebrews says it's impossible. What does "clean" mean?

The Brown-Driver-Briggs lexicon for the word “clean” is to be morally clean or purified.[טָהֵר]. The sense is to be ceremonially clean or pure. The first time the word is used is in Genesis. It ...
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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?

According to Jewish tradition, the total number of bull sacrifices were 70 (13+12+11+10+9+8+7) to represent the 70 nations of the world - beyond Israel, and to protect those nations. Sukkot is also ...
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Is there an Old Testament basis for Hebrews 10:3?

Is there an Old Testament basis for Hebrews 10:3? "But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year."- Hebrews 10:3. Is there an Old Testament basis for Hebrews 10:3? Yes Paul, was ...
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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"

The phrase in question is כִּיקַר כָּרִים (kiqar karim). As it stands it means either "like the preciousness of young rams" or "like the preciousness of pastures". (See the standard lexicons such as BDB,...
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Does Hebrews 10:4 contradict Jesus regarding Sacrificial Atonement?

You need to correctly divide and interpret these two symbols of the blood you seem to be mixing together. First, Pesach. The Lamb represents Jesus’s body which he gave to us/you to take your ...
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Are we made holy or consecrated by the sacrifice of Jesus? What is the difference?

As to 'holy' or 'consecrated' I would say yes, both. Both holiness (being set apart) and consecration (being dedicated to a purpose) are expressed in the New Testament writings in different words, ...
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Can 'face of his father' refer to human sacrifice in Gen. 11:28?

"upon the face of" is quintessential Hebrew idiom for "in the presence of". Thus, it helpfully translated by most modern versions (or a slight variation), eg, NIV: While his ...
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What happened to gods share of the virgin girls in Numbers 31

If I am correct that the OP refers to Num. 31:32-41 then it does describe 32 virgin women taken as war booty and then set aside for the Lord, though not as "sacrifices" as mentioned in the ...
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Why would Mary and Joseph offer "turtle doves" in Luke 2:24?

Why would Mary and Joseph offer “turtle doves” in Luke 2:24? God showed consideration for the poor,the poor could offer birds instead of the more costly sheep as a sacrificial offering. Leviticus 12:...
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Why must animals from the flock be slaughtered on the north side?

Why must animals from the flock be slaughtered on the north side? Because practically this is the most sensible side to sacrifice on due to the layout of the courtyard North: Animal sacrifice ...
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