A Study On Ancient Israelites And The Rise Of Christianity

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My initial perspective on ancient Israelite religion was what I was taught in church. In fact, in church, the pastor put less emphasis on Ancient Israelites themselves and more emphasis on Christians. For me, when I thought of Israelites I thought of only a small segment of the bible. I thought of the group of people trapped in Egypt kept as slaves. Coming into Intro to Old Testament class, I assumed the class would be nothing more than a lecture about everything I had already learned in church. Because I was very familiar with the stories of the bible I anticipated I would be ahead of the game and already know everything there is to know about the Old Testament. Little did I know, I barley knew anything about the Old Testament. I was…show more content…
Many key people in the bible were assigned by God to make an altar; Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses etc. Often, God commanded that an altar be built in his honor (Exodus 30:1; Deuteronomy 27:4-7) Sacrifice is the main purpose of an altar in fact, sacrifices are the essential part of worship to your Deity. Ultimately an altar represented a person’s appreciation and faith in the Lord.
A sacrifice is one of the most imperative practices the Ancient Near Eastern people performed throughout their religion. Sacrifice can be defined as an act of slaughtering an animal or surrendering a possession as an offering to God to express your faith. It is important to know that sacrifice is an act of respect to a God. The Old Testament suggests we have been sacrificing animals since before the Israelite Religion was fully established. We see in Genesis 4 the act of sacrifice between two brothers Cain and Abel: “3 In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard.” (Genesis 4:3-5) From the scripture we can infer that a sacrifice should be characterized as pure flesh because to God offering flesh carries a lot more importance than offering
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