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Blood played a significant role within Israelite Culture ceremoniously and ritualistically. For example (including but not limited to) for confirmation of a covenant, as part of the dedication of the kohanim, as part of the priestly service on Yom Kippur, and as part of the purification of the metzora.

What was the spiritual significance of the blood being used as a means of atonement, dedication, and purification? Was there an overall connection of the usage of blood ceremoniously or was there a different reason for its usage on a case by case basis? Also was this a cultural practice amongst the nations that surrounded ancient Israel (not just in proximity but during the time period) as a means of reconciliation with their deities? Commentaries, Articles, Scriptural Passages, etc. Todah Rabbah.

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