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The Minhah Offering

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A superficial reading of the scriptural rules describing the performance of the various offerings gives the impression that all necessary details are included in the relevant texts. This chapter critically analyzes one type of offering, the Minhah or grain offering, to illustrate: a) the failure of the scriptural rules to provide for many specific requirements and modes of performance of the various offerings; b) the inadequacy of the attempts at classifying the common characteristics of the offerings. The chapter demonstrates the process of development within this sacrificial ritual, which occurred through increasing sophistication and accretion. It argues that in the process divergent theories arose regarding the method of examining the texts, as the missing rules were complemented by creative interpretation and comparison between similar offerings.

Keywords: grain offering; Minhah offering; sacrificial ritual; scriptural rules



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