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Old 12-07-2018, 03:11 PM
 
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Lev 27:28 'Nevertheless, anything which a man sets apart to the LORD out of all that he has, of man or animal or of the fields of his own property, shall not be sold or redeemed. Anything devoted to destruction is most holy to the LORD.
Lev 27:29 'No one who may have been set apart among men shall be ransomed; he shall surely be put to
death.

What are these verses referring to? Setting aside a slave to be sacrificed to the Lord?
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Old 12-08-2018, 04:14 PM
 
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Rashi says:

Any devoting… who has been devoted: [This verse refers to] someone who [has been sentenced to death, and, as he] is going out to be executed, another person declares, “I hereby make a personal commitment [to pay] his valuation!” his words have no validity. — [Arachin 6b]

[And why not? Because] he is to be put to death: i.e., he is on his way to be executed, and therefore, he “cannot be redeemed”-he has no market value [as a slave] or any valuation.
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Old 12-08-2018, 06:47 PM
 
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Rashi says:

Any devoting… who has been devoted: [This verse refers to] someone who [has been sentenced to death, and, as he] is going out to be executed, another person declares, “I hereby make a personal commitment [to pay] his valuation!” his words have no validity. — [Arachin 6b]

[And why not? Because] he is to be put to death: i.e., he is on his way to be executed, and therefore, he “cannot be redeemed”-he has no market value [as a slave] or any valuation.
So "set apart to the Lord" is a euphemism for "to be executed"? A bit like "send to his Maker"?
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Old 12-09-2018, 02:46 AM
 
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So "set apart to the Lord" is a euphemism for "to be executed"? A bit like "send to his Maker"?
The two verses that you quoted are talking about two different things...
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Old 06-03-2019, 06:45 PM
 
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The two verses that you quoted are talking about two different things...
Ah OK.
So...

28" 'But nothing that a man owns and devotes to the Lord -whether man or animal or family land-may be sold or redeemed; everything so devoted is most holy to the Lord .
^ Is this verse talking about human sacrifice?



29" 'No person devoted to destruction may be ransomed; he must be put to death.
^ Only this verse talks about a man scheduled for execution. Right?
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Old 06-03-2019, 07:34 PM
 
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Ah OK.
So...

28" 'But nothing that a man owns and devotes to the Lord -whether man or animal or family land-may be sold or redeemed; everything so devoted is most holy to the Lord .
^ Is this verse talking about human sacrifice?

I think that "devotes to the Lord" means that the man, animal, or family land was intended to go to the Temple priests. This (I believe) is why we have the mitzvah of pidyon haben (redemption of the first born). When a couple has their first child, and if it's a boy, nowadays they give five silver dollars (or equivalent silver coins) to a Kohen (descendant of the Temple priests from the old days). That's because we don't have the Temple anymore. It doesn't have anything to do with human sacrifice – it's how the Temple priests were paid back when there was a Temple.

That's my take on it, anyhow.
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Old 06-04-2019, 04:36 AM
 
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28 is talking about a person setting aside a certain amount of money or objects which go to the temple treasury or the possession of the Kohanim as a gift. The amount has to do with the equivalence to a declared item. There is nothing in this about sacrifice of any sort.

29 is talking about trying to set the value of a donation by equating it to the value of a person but choosing a person who has already been given a death sentence by the court. That person has no value so there is no valid donation.

No sacrifice in either case.
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:55 PM
 
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Interesting, thanks everybody.
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