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An earlier question asks about the first animal sacrifice. The two top answers both suggest that God instituted animal sacrifice by example when He killed an animal to provide Adam and Eve with clothing in Gen 3:21. It is easy to find that opinion in sermons or statements about Christian doctrine, but I wondered if the animal skins were regarded as sacrificial in the early church?

What is the earliest statement that the clothing in Gen 3:21 represent a sacrifice? I would hope to find an answer within the first few centuries of Christianity, but if not then the earliest teaching of any Christian leader is fair game.

  • It has a meaning, remember Adam & Eve already clothe their physical nature.But their soul suffers death when they fall into sin. God clothe them with animal skin does not mean to replace their physical clothing but it is a symbol that God provided protection to & revive their soul as Satan successfully killed their soul & removed the garments of their soul.Satan ENVY their soul garments of "original holiness" which Satan lost. "animal killing" somehow connotes "sacrifice" as atonement.Do you prefer Catholic Doctrine based answers or pure biblical standpoint? – marian agustin Nov 3 '18 at 22:56
  • @marianagustin I'd prefer a quote from the apostolic or post-apostolic era if anyone understood it as a sacrifice at that early a date. – disciple Nov 4 '18 at 1:15
  • @NigelJ I would like to know who expressed the idea early. If gnostic or other considered deviant from Christianity, it's still interesting to know they considered it a sacrifice. If Aquinas or Calvin is the earliest anyone can find, then that's the answer. I'm interested more in the earliest than whether their theology is pleasing or abhorrent to me. – disciple Nov 22 '18 at 20:43

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