This study is concerned with the origin and original meaning of sacrificial blood offerings as practiced by the ancient Israelite people and their progenitors. "Modern" scriptural sources including the Pearl of Great Price, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants are used along with the Bible as the basic reference material.
The lack of explicit information in the Bible as to the inception and meaning of sacrifice has resulted in the development of many theories which suggest that this rite had a human beginning. These theories imply that by natural expression man began to seek favor from his god by offering sacrifice. Through the use of these additional scriptural sources, the ordinance is seen to have had a divine origin. As part of a preconceived plan which was designed to provide a means of salvation for man, God commanded Adam to offer the firstlings of his flock to the Lord.
College and Department
Religious Education; Ancient Scripture
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
McKean, Theo Emory, "The Origin and Original Meaning of Sacrificial Blood Offerings as Revealed in the Bible and Modern Scriptures" (1964). All Theses and Dissertations. 4929.
Sacrifice, Typology, Theology