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Old 04-08-2012, 09:24 AM
 
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The sacrificing of lambs for the sins of people was a common practice among the Jews in Biblical times. Jesus is called the Lamb of God in John 1:29 and John 1:36. The people were told this probably because it would be easier to convince them to believe that the Lamb of God's death would be the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of people. Later on, the Crucifixion of Jesus also coincided with the sacrifice of the Passover lamb.

The concept of God incarnating on earth as an animal was also very common in other religious beliefs as well. So, was the Crucifixion of Jesus a kind of ultimate animal sacrifice?
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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Passover is based on Caananite spring/fertility festivals

Origins of Pesach - Passover
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:04 PM
 
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My guess is that since the sacrificing of the lamb was such a meaningful and significant ritual to the ancient Jews that the early Christians adopted the symbology in order to convey the significance of the Christ's sacrifice.
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:25 PM
 
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Passover is not about sin the Jewish Yom Kippur festival is about forgiveness of Sin where goats and sacrificed
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:52 AM
 
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I thought Yom Kippur was about atonement.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:24 AM
 
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John was definitely going for that imagery. Against the other Gospels, John's Jesus dies on the day of preparation for the Passover, when the lamb was traditionally slaughtered. John was well aware of this, and he is the only Gospel writer that appeals to this imagery, and he does it for a reason. It is from him that we get the typical phrase "the Lamb of God". Just as the lamb during Passover is to be slaughtered, and this was a sign that the Angel of Death would "pass-over" the house (from the Exodus) with the lamb's blood on the door - Jesus' death was, to John, the Passover lamb that expiated people from the Angel of Death. It is for this imagery that the author of the Gospel of John specifically places Jesus death on the exact same day as the lambs for Passover were slaughtered.

This is another reason why the Gospel of John stands outside of the Synoptic Gospels (they have Jesus die on a different day, but they do not have the Lamb of God imagery), but it has given us our most enduring image of Jesus as the Lamb who took away the sins of the world.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:13 AM
 
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So, was the Crucifixion of Jesus a kind of ultimate animal sacrifice?
That's an interesting spin on it...but remember that crucifixion was a penalty allowable under Roman law, not Jewish.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:45 AM
 
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in Jewish courts trials are not held on Jewish holidays
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:10 AM
 
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The sacrificing of lambs for the sins of people was a common practice among the Jews in Biblical times. Jesus is called the Lamb of God in John 1:29 and John 1:36. The people were told this probably because it would be easier to convince them to believe that the Lamb of God's death would be the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of people. Later on, the Crucifixion of Jesus also coincided with the sacrifice of the Passover lamb.

The concept of God incarnating on earth as an animal was also very common in other religious beliefs as well. So, was the Crucifixion of Jesus a kind of ultimate animal sacrifice?
It's where we get the term 'scape-goat' from isn't it?

I find it even more interesting that much religious/cult symbology has been interwoven with astrological symbology and the great ages of the zodiac. The approximate 2150 years for each age corresponds to the average time it takes for the Vernal Equinox to move from one constellation of the zodiac into the next. Astrology was a big thing to those ancient dudes.

Examples:
Golden calf/ Bull gods of Egypt/Canaan etc- Age of Taurus (the Bull)
Lamb of God/sacrifical rams- Age of Aries (the Ram)
The fish symbol of Christianity/fisherman of men - Age of Pisces (The Fish)

Apparently we have been heading towards the age of Aquarius -(the Waterbearer- freedom, humanitarianism, knowledge, innovation etc)

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Old 04-09-2012, 08:14 AM
 
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The Torah forbids any kind of human sacrifice. The word in Yiddish for the concept of Jesus being a human sacrifice is "shtuss."
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