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40 Hebrew Words for Forty Days - Day 39

40 Hebrew Words for Forty Days - Day 39

The Hebrew noun זֶבַח (zevach - Sacrifice) is derived from the verb זָבַח (zavach) meaning ‘to slaughter (for sacrifice) or offer sacrifice.’

The sacrifice of animals as a covering (at-one-ment) for human sin was significant in the Old Testament and without the shedding of blood ( דָּם - dam blood) there was no forgiveness.

The death of Jesus Christ on the cross (Heb.: צְלֶב - tselev – cross/ Gk.: σταυρός– stauros cross) was a literal slaughtering of the ‘lamb of God’ to take away the sins of the world and to bring ‘reconciliation’ between God and the fallen humankind.

Thus, the sacrificial nature of Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross for the entire humanity stands as the unique core of Christian faith.


Dr. Aravind Jeyakumar Moniraj is serving as the Associate Professor and HOD, Department of Old Testament at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute in Chennai.

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