[b-hebrew] Ex 13:15 "Firstborn of my sons"

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Tue Aug 30 21:12:57 EDT 2005


Dear Kevin,

>Thanks Harold. The last sentence in the verse just seems to be 
>self-contradictory. It says the firstborn males of every womb was to 
>be "sacrificed" with the firstborn animals (suggesting sacrificed in 
>the same manner) and then in the same breath it says the firstborn 
>were "redeemed."
>
>It is hard to figure out if child sacrifice was actually condoned or 
>commanded, originally. I know it was later stated (unambiguously) 
>that the Levites were to take the place of firstborn sacrifices.
>
>>  >Ex 13:15 "It came about, when Pharaoh was stubborn about letting 
>>us go, that
>>>the LORD killed every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of
>>>man and the firstborn of beast. Therefore, I sacrifice to the LORD the
>>>males, the first offspring of every womb, but every firstborn of my sons I
>>>redeem."

HH: The "but" in the last sentence is the clue that it's a contrast. 
So you have to determine what is contrasted.

					Yours,
					Harold Holmyard



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