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* LORD, &c. and of Zacharias, Blessed be Luke 1.
the LORD God of Israel, &c. But of this, more in its proper Place; when we come to discourse upon that Part of the Levin tical Office.
Josephus's Account of Sacrifices. But, before we dismiss the Subject of Sacrifices, ic may be proper to take a View of what Josephus the Jewish Historian delivers upon that Head; and to compare it with the Scripture Account. He says,
“ There are two Ways of offering “ Sacrifice; one, when it is made for “ the whole Body of the People; the “ other, when for private Persons. And
again, each of these is of two Sorts;
one, when the Sacrifice is wholly con“ sum'd by Fire, and is what we call
a Burnt-Offering; the other, when it is
“ When a private Person offers a Burntor Offering, what he brings upon that Oc
“ casion, is a Bullock, a Lamb or a Kid “ of a Year old (the Bullocks indeed some“ what older) and all of the Male Kind. « When they are kill'd, the Priests pour " their Blood round about the Altar; and
taking away from them every unclean
officiating Priest: This is the Burnt-
“ But those who offer a Peace-Offering “ for Thanksgiving, bring indeed the same « Creatures as those beforemention’d, but “ older; that is, quite full-grown; and “ either Male or Female, as it happens. “ When they are kill'd, their Blood is
pour'd out upon the Altar; the Cawl, " the Kidneys, and all the Fat of the « Rump, is burnt thereon. The Breast as and the right Shoulder is the Priest's « Fee; and the rest, they who bring the
Offering may eat, and have two Days
allow'd for it; but, whatever is left i « after that Time, they burn with Fire.
“And the Sin-Offering is made much cc in the same manner.
But, if it should 'cs
happen that any one cannot afford to
bring the larger Sort of Creatures re« quir’d in Sacrifice, they may offer two • Pigeons or Turtles; one for a Burnt
Offering to God, the other for a Fee to the Priest.
“ When any one fins unknowingly, he “ brings a Yearling Lamb and a Kid of " the female Kind, and the Priest pours " the Blood thereof upon the Altar ; noc
as beforemention'd, but only tingeing " the extreme Parts of the Corners of it
(call'd in Scripture the Horns :) then the
Priest, burning all the Fat, as before, “ takes the Hide as his Fee, and may eat « the Remainder of the Flesh, that same
Day; but is not allow'd to keep any “ of it till the Morrow.
“ But he who fins knowingly, tho' no s one is privy to it beside himself, must “ offer a Ram, according to the Law: « whose Flesh is, in like manner, to be
eaten by the Priests, in the Temple, " the fame Day.
« When Princes or Rulers have com“ mitted any Sin, they muft offer in the “ fame manner that private Persons do; “ but must make their Atonement, by “ offering a Bullock and a Kid of the “ Male Kind. The Law inoreover quires, in all Sacrifices as well private
publick, a Quantity of the finest “ Flour to go along with it; if it be a “ Lamb, one Measure; if a Ram, two; if a Bullock three: which mixed
with “ Oil, is presented upon the Altar. As “ for the Oil, it must be, for a Bullock the
half of a † Hin; for a Ram, a third part; and for a Lamb, a fourth Part.”
SE C T. XIII. Scripture Examples of Sacrifices. Let us next inquire what Examples we have in other Parts of Scripture, beside the Law, of the Use of these Sacrifices. Yoshua, after he had brought the Children of Israelover Jordan, and had begun his Conquests in the Land of Canaan, built an HA Hin was about five Wine-Anarts.
e altar to the LORD God of Israel in mount
Ebal, as Moses had commanded; and they Deut. : offered thereon burnt-offerings unto the LORD, 4, 5.
and peace-offerings. And when the two : Tribes and half, whose Possession was on
the other Side Jordan, had built an Al
tar, and were called to account for it by : the Princes of Israel, they deny that they
did it with Intention of offering Sacrifices thereon, saying, God forbid that we Josh. Soould build an altar for burnt-offerings, for xxii. 29. meat-offerings, or for sacrifices, besides the altar of the LORD our God, that is before bis tabernacle.
So, when an Angel of the LORD ap- Judg. vi. pear'd to Gideon, he prepar'd a spiritual 19, &c. Sacrifice, where perhaps he only intended a corporal Refreshment; and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an * Ephab of flour, and brought it out,
upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And