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Easton's Bible Dictionary

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Sacrifice, Human
Sacrifice, in the New Testament, 1
Sacrifice, in the New Testament, 2
Sacrifice, in the Old Testament, 1
Sacrifice, in the Old Testament, 2
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Spiritual Sacrifice
Greek - things offered in sacrifice to idols, things sacrificed unto idols, sacrificed to an idol, sacrificed to idols, thing sacrificed, thing sacrificed to idols, things sacrificed, things sacrificed to idols
Greek - sacrifice
Greek - do sacrifice, sacrifice, offer sacrifice, offering sacrifice, sacrificed
Greek - sacrifice, sacrifices
Hebrew - sacrifice
Hebrew - regular sacrifice
Hebrew - sacrifice, festival sacrifice
Hebrew - sacrifice
Hebrew - burnt sacrifice
Hebrew - sacrifice
Hebrew - whole burnt sacrifice
Hebrew - sacrifice, sacrifices
Hebrew - sacrifice, offer a sacrifice, offer sacrifices, offer to a sacrifice, offered sacrifice, offering sacrifices, offers a sacrifice, sacrificed, sacrifices
Hebrew - sacrifice, sacrifices

Sacrifices were offered in the ante-diluvian age. The Lord clothed Adam and Eve with the skins of animals, which in all probability had been offered in sacrifice (Genesis 3:21). Abel offered a sacrifice "of the firstlings of his flock" (4:4; Hebrews 11:4). A distinction also was made between clean and unclean animals, which there is every reason to believe had reference to the offering up of sacrifices (Genesis 7:2,8), because animals were not given to man as food till after the Flood.

The same practice is continued down through the patriarchal age (Genesis 8:20; 12:7; 13:4,18; 15:9-11; 22:1-18, etc.). In the Mosaic period of Old Testament history definite laws were prescribed by God regarding the different kinds of sacrifices that were to be offered and the manner in which the offering was to be made. The offering of stated sacrifices became indeed a prominent and distinctive feature of the whole period (Exodus 12:3-27; Leviticus 23:5-8; Numbers 9:2-14). (See ALTAR .)

We learn from the Epistle to the Hebrews that sacrifices had in themselves no value or efficacy. They were only the "shadow of good things to come," and pointed the worshippers forward to the coming of the great High Priest, who, in the fullness of the time, "was offered once for all to bear the sin of many." Sacrifices belonged to a temporary economy, to a system of types and emblems which served their purposes and have now passed away. The "one sacrifice for sins" hath "perfected for ever them that are sanctified."

Sacrifices were of two kinds: 1. Unbloody, such as (1) first-fruits and tithes; (2) meat and drink-offerings; and (3) incense. 2. Bloody, such as (1) burnt-offerings; (2) peace-offerings; and (3) sin and trespass offerings. (See OFFERINGS .)

Copyright Statement
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for 'Sacrifice'". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1897.


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