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Essay 2 - entrails…” He finds it hypocritical that the...

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Essay #2 Chapter 3 Discussion Kevin Steuterman REL 1005 Burkett 27 August, 2010 In the Offering of Peace and Sin for the common person, it is a consistent theme that all sacrifices to the Lord must be an animal, and it must be unblemished. It is stressed that all fat and blood belongs to the Lord, and that it must not be consumed by anyone. The fat is the most nutrient rich and tasty part of the animal, thus making it the most valuable to the people at that time. This makes sense that the fat represents a high honor for these people. The rituals are very specific at what cuts of meat and fat are to be used and put on the fire, which is another consistent aspect of these rituals. It seems the fire is an act of purifying to the Israelites, which is true how it is biologically sanitizing. Lucian makes some questioning remarks about the nature of these same sacrifices. He questions whether people would agree with him that any God would like to see the gory scene of “pure” Priests who “stained with blood and, just like the Cyclops, cutting it up and removing the
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Unformatted text preview: entrails…” He finds it hypocritical that the ceremony is conducted this way. Also, he makes it seem that the animals brought forth for the sacrifice are merely just a waste of prime livestock when he mentions, “after decking the animal with garlands and finding out long before whether it is unblemished, lest they slaughter something of no use.” In addition he makes the animals seem like the victims in the matter at the statement, “as the animal lows something mournful— probably avoiding inauspicious language and already piping a halftone for the sacrifice.” It seems that the stark difference of attitude between the Jews and perhaps a layman of the time is the acceptance of the violent nature of the sacrifices. The Jews saw no problem with the goriness, and believed that it honored God. Others may have seen the rituals as unnecessary and perhaps morally wrong. It may be no wonder Jews have been ostracized throughout history....
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2010 for the course REL 1005 taught by Professor Burkett during the Spring '09 term at LSU.

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