Genesis 4:4 states that Hevel offered an animal sacrifice. I recall learning that Kayin attacked Hevel with several blows because he did not know where/how to kill. My question is, did Hevel slaughter his offering, and if so with what implement? (Genesis 4:22 indicates that sharpened metal instruments were fashioned after Hevel's death).


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Radak says that Hevel left his Korban tied up, and was awaiting for a fire to come down from heaven to devour it.

כמדומה לי שלא שחט הקרבן אלא הניחו חי קשור באותו מקום הקבוע לו כדי שירד עליו אש מן השמים לאכלו


In Bereishis Rabbah 22:5 R. Yosi bar Hanina says that Hevel offered the sacrifice without having been flayed or cut up.

והכתיב והבל הביא גם הוא מבכורות צאנו ומחלביהן, דבר שחלבו קרב. מה עבד ליה לר' יוסי? עביד ליה, מן שמניהון. אתיב ר' אלעזר לרבי יוסי: והא כתיב (שמות כד): וישלח את נערי בני ישראל, ויעלו עולות ויזבחו זבחים שלמים לה' פרים. מה עביד ליה ר' יוסי בר חנינא? שלמים, בלא הפשט וניתוח

  • I don't see anything in that quote which refers to Hevel. Am I missing something?
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 1:44
  • This is the relevant part from a debate between R. Yosi and and R. Eleazar which starts at והבל הביא גם הוא מבכורות צאנו ומחלביהן there. Should I add this too to the answer? Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 2:10
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    You have plenty of character space available. I think adding enough of the quote to clarify what's going on and a relevant translation would definitely improve your post.
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 2:11
  • I'll add that to clarify then. Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 2:15
  • How do we see it was not killed?
    – user6591
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 2:56

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