Animal (and human) sacrifices in Mosaic law and similar practices in Christianity. Might be suitable for sacrificial aspect of Jesus' death on cross or of Eucharist too.

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What was the purpose to animal sacrifices?

I've never completely understood the purpose as to why God required that the Israelite's should kill an animal in order for God to forgive them.
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Did Adam and Eve ever practice animal sacrifice?

Genesis 8:20 (NIV) Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. Noah sacrificed burnt offerings. What ...
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Who instituted the practice of sacrifice?

Sacrifice plays a very important role in the Bible. One of the earliest stories, that of Cain and Abel, begins with two sacrifices. The death of Jesus on the cross was a sacrifice. Here is how the ...
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Is Leviticus 14 describing a cure for leprosy?

It seems like a "cure" for leprosy that involves taking two birds, killing one and dipping the other in the blood of the first, then sprinkling the blood in a particular fashion, multiple times. ...
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How did Cain and Abel know to offer sacrifices before the Law of Moses?

Genesis 4 has always bothered me. The story of God accepting Abel's sacrifice and not Cain's has led me to wonder: How did they even know to sacrifice? Was this practice started by Adam? Or did God ...
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How is the matter of why the Son of God needed to be sacrificed explained in the Roman Catholic Church?

Why did God the Father need to sacrifice His own Son for the sake of granting salvation to the fallen humanity? Couldn't He just forgive humans without making any sacrifice? Why is it so that "without ...
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Did the ancient Hebrews believe that blood had unique spiritual properties?

I seem to recall learning at some point during an Old Testament study that they did, and that the belief explained things like the significance of the blood that was part of the animal offerings ...
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According to Scripture, is sacrifice a requirement for salvation?

Regarding salvation, I was always under the impression a sacrifice had to be made (and as Christians we know Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice for all sins), but looking through the Bible I see ...
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Why did God accept Abel's offering and not Cain's?

In Genesis 4, we read the following account of Cain and Abel: So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also ...
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What does it mean to say “Jesus died for our sins”? [closed]

When Christians say "Jesus died for our sins", what do they mean?       I went to Catholic school for 5 years and all I heard was "Jesus died for our sins", "Jesus ...
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How did Pascal reconcile his wager with 2 Corinthians 9:7 and Psalms 50?

I'm not asking about a justification or an attack on Pascal's Wager. I'm just curious how/if Blaise Pascal, being an intelligent and analytical fellow, reconciled his famous gambit with 2 Corinthians ...
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How does Sacrifice work

2 Kings 3:27 says: Then the king of Moab took his oldest son, who would have been the next king, and sacrificed him as a burnt offering on the wall. So there was great anger against Israel, and the ...