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Old 01-27-2003, 06:29 AM
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Substitutional Sacrifice

I sincerely doubt that the Jews originated the idea of substitutional sacrifice. It seems that sacrificing the innocent (virgins to the volcano god, for example) "in the stead of" the guilty has been around forever.

I will agree that substitutional sacrifice has certainly been observed by the Jewish people. The practice, however, was blasted by the prophets. Their message from Hashem was: "Your substitutional sacrifices are an abomination. Instead, do what I tell you to do."
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