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Peace Offerings

Posted by Chris on April 6, 2008

This is part of a series. See the description and introduction and glossary.

The peace, or fellowship, offering, must derive its name from the motives for the sacrifice. Instead of atonement from sin, these offerings signify the occurrence of good events. The Hebrew word used for peace offerings is Shelem. I am guessing that this is related to the word ‘Shalom’. The lexicon I use at Studylight.org defines Shelem as:

A peace offering, requital, sacrifice for alliance or friendship; a voluntary sacrifice of thanks

General characteristics

  • Priests burn it on the altar on top of the burnt ofg
  • Standard offering is a male or female cow (Lev 3:1)
  • One could also give a male or female sheep or goat (Lev 3:6, 12)


General purposes in giving a peace offering

  • Expression of thankfulness (Lev 7:12). Meat must be eaten on the day it is offered (Lev 7:15)
  • Result of a vow (Lev 7:16). Meat can also be eaten on the following day; third day it must be burned (Lev 7:16-17)
  • Freewill offering (Lev 7:16). Meat can be eaten on the following day; third day it must be burned (Lev 7:16-17)

Other occasions for peace offerings

  • When Israel entered Promised Land (no specifics)
  • For the dedication of the altar: 2 oxen, 5 rams, 5 male goats & 5 male lambs
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