Bible study 79 – Exodus 29

Before Aaron and his sons, and after them their descendants, can become proper priests, they need to go through a ceremony. The ceremony involves the slaughter of a bull and two goats, with detailed instruction for what to do with their various body parts and bodily fluids. It ends with most of the animals’ body either burnt or eaten by Aaron. Only their blood is sprayed all over the altar and on Aaron’s body and clothes.

This bloody ritual fortunately only has to take place every time a priest is to be ordained, but apart from this the Israelites are to sacrifice two lambs on the altar every day of the year.

Lately, I feel like my summaries do not really convey the flavor of the text very well. You might, for example, think I exaggerate when I talk about “detailed instructions” for what to do with the animals’ bodily fluids, but I’m really not. From now on, therefore, I will attach one quote from the chapter at the end of the summary. This quote won’t be a crucial part of the summary; it is just to give you a taste of the raw text.

Exodus 29:20
(…) you shall slaughter the ram, and take some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear and on the lobes of the right ears of his sons, and on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet, and dash the rest of the blood against all sides of the altar.”


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