The Bible Slam: Exodus Chapter 29

If you've never read the bible before — get prepared to get grossed out.   There will be chapters and chapters devoted to animal sacrifices and splattering blood all over the holy place.

So far in Exodus, we've been told that the Israelites are wandering around in the desert for 40 years and the only thing that they have to eat is manna that comes down from heaven.   Yet, in this chapter (and many others), the priests are to slaughter bulls and rams, burn the dung, the fat, the bodies, sprinkle blood all over and make special offerings that smell good to God.   Breads and oils are added to the mix. The priests — who dress up in their special garments described in the previous chapter — splash blood on themselves and throughout their temple and eat some of the meat after doing the appropriate ceremonies.

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Discussion Points.

Skeptic's Annotated, which uses the King James version of the bible, does an excellent job with boiling down the different bloody sacrifices, such as the "wave offering" and the "heave offering."

Putting aside the goriness of these scriptures, they make no sense considering the starving condition of the Israelites.   We learn in Deuteronomy 34 that Moses dies at the age of 120 years old.   We are also told in Exodus 7:7 that Moses starts his journey with the Israelites at 80 (fourscore) years old.   This establishes that Moses led the people of Israel for 40 years.

We are told in Exodus 16:35 that:

And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.

Joshua 5:6 tells us that it took the Israelites 40 years worth of wandering in the desert until this arrived at Canaan.

The bible makes it very clear that these people subsisted on manna for a full 40 years.   It is ironic, then, that Exodus 29 instructs them to kill one bullock a day and two lambs a day, plus add bread to the mix, since they allegedly had nothing to eat but manna.   Of course, the use of gold, silver, brass and special linens for worship that are described throughout the book of Exodus is equally unbelievable, considering these people are liberated slaves who are wandering around through the desert and having to heft these heavy and expensive items around.

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