Contemporary historians argue that since late Antiquity the cessation of public animal sacrifices within the Judeo-Christian world is irreversible. A leading scholar who supports this idea is Gedalyahu Guy Stroumsa, emeritus professor of Comparative Religion at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, and the founder of the Abrahamic Religions’ chair at Oxford University. Stroumsa claims that the sacrificing priest and Levite have either disappeared or retreated into oblivion. “Let the madness of sacrifices end!” he quoted one ancient source.
No end of sacrifices
However, biblical prophecy forecasts the opposite, mainly with regard to Ezekiel’s future Temple. The eschatological Temple of Messiah Yeshua during the Millennium (Revelation 20: 1-6) clearly points to the soon re-establishment of the institution of animal sacrifices. This revolutionary liturgical restoration aims, to a great extent, to replace humanistic reasoning with supernatural logic. Besides, the re-introduction of the sacrificial vocabulary will also promote global awareness to Messiah’s own sacrificial “ransom for many” (Matt 20:28; Mark 10:45). Such a...
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