Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Why were male goats sacrificed for some sins, females for others?

It’s unclear why. Some think a sinner of higher status required a sacrifice of greater value. A high priest’s sin, for example, would have had more serious repercussions than an individual's. If so, then male goats were considered more valuable, though this does not always seem to be the case. Others, however, think the distinction was due to the public nature of the sin. Since priests and leaders were more visible, sacrifices for their sins were treated like public sin offerings.

–The Quest Study Bible

1 comment:

Provident 360 said...

Dear Friend,

I agree. How could such a crude practice of ostracizing the sick be fair? Holman Bible Dictionary states:

Prevention is always the best form of treatment. Since the cause of most illness was unknown if the biblical period, relatively little could be done, however, to prevent disease. Ancient people did realize a cntagious nature to some illnesses. In these cases, attempts were made to quarantine the afflicted person and prevent close contact with healthy individuals (Leviticus 13).

Good question. Keep up the good work.