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Sacrifice in the OT
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The manipulation of an animal, vegetal, or liquid as religious devotion. This can include ritual slaughter, division, reconfiguration, cooking, consuming, and/or complete burning.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Sacrifice in the Old Testament
Sacrifice in the Old Testament The manipulation of an animal, vegetal, or liquid as religious devotion. This can include ritual slaughter, division, reconfiguration, cooking, consuming, and/or complete burning.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
1. Sacrifice
1. SacrificeIn terms of mediating value, the two most important functions of sacrifice are 1) as gifts to God and 2) as expiations for sin and uncleanness.Since all SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS involve the presentation of something to God, the gift aspect is perhaps their most fundamental characteristic.
B. Sacrifice
B. SacrificeSacrifice was the most important component of Israelite worship. Attempts to understand sacrifice have been the focus of intense debate, and no single explanatory model has gained complete acceptance. Sacrifice involves offering something animate or inanimate in a ritual procedure to a transcendent
Key passages
Le 1:2–17

“Speak to the Israelites, and say to them, ‘When a person from you presents an offering to Yahweh, you shall present your offering from domestic animals, from the cattle or from the flock. If his offering is a burnt offering from the cattle, then he must present an unblemished male; he …

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