The form and function of a biblical blood ritual

Naphtali S. Meshel*

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Abstract

There is a consensus in current research that Levitical law never requires blood to be tossed upon the upper surface of the altar. This conception has reinforced - and has been reinforced by - an understanding that yhwh is never to be offfered blood. However, it appears that according to several priestly texts, the blood of many sacrifices, including wellbeing, whole-burnt and reparation offferings, is to be tossed upon the upper surface of the altar.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)276-289
Number of pages14
JournalVetus Testamentum
Volume63
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Leviticus
  • bible
  • blood
  • old testament
  • ritual

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