Rituals and Ceremonies

The Hebrew phrase yad samak ‘al means “to press the hand on” sacrificial victims, and is primarily used in the cult and in some noncultic cases. We will examine both of them. The idea that the laying on of hands signifies ownership is practically irrelevant because the ritual assumes that sinners had to bring to the sanctuary their own animals. We should keep in mind that a ritual could convey different meanings depending on the context and the purpose of the larger ritual of which it is a part.

Uncategorized October 31, 2014