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The disposal of the hattat flesh

Gyung-Yul Kim, Pieter M. Venter
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a2030 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.2030 | © 2013 Gyung-Yul Kim, Pieter M. Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 July 2013 | Published: 07 November 2013

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Gyung-Yul Kim, Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Pieter M. Venter, Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

This article investigates the criteria for the disposal of the sin offering in the book of Leviticus, the function of the different ways of disposal and the meaning of the disposal with regard to Leviticus 10:17. It is indicated that this sacrifice is intended to eliminate the offerer’s sin and the sanctuary’s impurity. The eaten hattat offering retains minor contamination by human sin or impurity, whilst the burnt hattat offering is contaminated by more severe and major sins and impurities, in appropriation with either the offerer’s socio-religious status or the gravity of the sin.

Keywords

Hattat; sin; impurity; bearing iniquity; contamination of the flesh; the Azazel goat

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