The Concept of Blood Atonement behind Judaism and Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints

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The idea of using blood of a living creature, (typically an animal’s) in order to blot out immorality, or better known as sin, can be traced back to the roots of primal civilization. Specifically in Judaism, the ritual started in which an animal was sacrificed in order to cover the sins of a person or multiple people. As we presently observe the traditions of Judaism we do not find any sign of animal sacrifice, with an exception of orthodox Jews. While on the other hand, Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS) will be found to zealously observe blood atonement in their practices today. The significance and importance that was placed in blood atonement, through animal sacrifice, no longer has the same affect in Judaism traditions because of …show more content…
One story in the Bible that might draw to the assumption that Yahweh required human sacrifice is the account of Abraham being asked by God to sacrifice his son Isaac. God stopped Abraham, with knife in hand, from sacrificing Isaac. Deuteronomy 12:31 further supports that Judaism culture did not regard human sacrifice as virtuous: “You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.”
Even though animal sacrificing was a center tradition of Judaism, it ceased in the year 70 A.D. after the Roman army had destroyed the Jewish temple in Jerusalem (Dumbrell). Deuteronomy says “thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest : But in the place which the LORD shall choose in one of thy tribes” Thus the custom of animal sacrificing could no longer continue in the culture of Judaism. Regardless, there were other ways in
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