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Do the Hebrews believe in sacrifice to god?


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May 13, 2012 2:50AM

In ancient times, Hebrews believed in sacrifices to God. Today this is no longer true. After the year 70 of the Common Era, Sacrifices ended, and were replaced by prayer, study, and deeds of kindness.

According to the Jewish Bible: "And he [God] said unto him [Abraham], Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another.Genesis 15, 9-10.

An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxenin all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. Exodus 29:24

Some Jews believe that sacrifices will one day resume. Others believe that the substitution of prayer and study are permanent substitutions.