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LEVITICUS XXVIL 26. 245

by Manasseh Ben Israel
LEVITICUS XXVIL 26. 245 when thou shalt remain with dominion over all other nations: so that, although the Lord declares in the maledictions that his soul will reject Israel, He withal promises that it shall not be in such a manner as to make an end of them, as they were to be everlastingly a people, as before stated. QUESTION 149. Levit. 27: 26. Only the firstling that is a firstling to the Lord among beasts, no man shall sanctify it to him,— it is the Lords. Deut. 15: 19. All firstling males born of thy herds and of thy flocks thou shalt sanctify to the Lord. Here is an evident contradiction, for the first verse says, that the firstling, that is, a firstling for the Lord, no man shall sanctify to him, and the other says the contrary. RECONCILIATION. R. Ishmael, in the Guemara1  ( Torat Cohanim and Siphre), conciliates these verses thus : The verse which forbids to sanctify, is to be understood as not to substitute the firstling instead of other oblation, that is, not to make a burnt-offering or similar sacrifice of such firstling; for it does not belong to man to apply it as he chooses, for it was the Lords from its birth: and where it says, Thou shalt sanctify, alludes to another thing, that is, from its birth as a first-ling it was termed holy and remained sanctified; and, as R. Levi ben Gershon observed, every one knew it, so that, being considered as such, the precepts re-specting it might be observed : and, with this distinction, the verses conciliate. Nachmanides explains these verses differently, which is, where it says, the firstling is not to be sanctified, is as if it had said, there is no need of sanctify-ing it, for the verse ends by saying,  Whether it be bullock or sheep, it is the Lords, equivalent to saying, every firstling is the Lords from its birth, and it would therefore be both superfluous and improper to sanctify to the name of the Lord that which was already his; and the other verse saying, that it shall be sanctified, means that it shall only be used as a holy thing, for the verse continues by saying,  Thou shalt do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep.  Thou shalt eat it before the Lord thy God, & c., which meaning is very appropriate to the text. 1 Arachin c. 8.   Chapter Home  | TOC  | Index t

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LEVITICUS XXVIL 26. 245 when thou shalt remain with dominion over all other nations:\\" so that, although the Lord declares in the maledictions that his soul will reject Israel, He withal promises that it shall not be in such a manner as to make an end of them, as they were to be everlastingly a people, as before stated. QUESTION 149. Levit. 27: 26. Only the firstling that is a firstling to the Lord among beasts, no man shall sanctify it to him,— it is the Lord's. Deut. 15: 19. All firstling males born of thy herds and of thy flocks thou shalt sanctify to the Lord. Here is an evident contradiction, for the first verse says, that the firstling, that is, a firstling for the Lord, no man shall sanctify to him, and the other says the contrary. RECONCILIATION. R. Ishmael, in the Guemara1 ( Torat Cohanim and Siphre), conciliates these verses thus : The verse which forbids to sanctify, is to be understood as not to substitute the firstling instead of other oblation, that is, not to make a burnt-offering or similar sacrifice of such firstling; for it does not belong to man to apply it as he chooses, for it was the Lord's from its birth: and where it says, Thou shalt sanctify, alludes to another thing, that is, from its birth as a first-ling it was termed holy and remained sanctified; and, as R. Levi ben Gershon observed, every one knew it, so that, being considered as such, the precepts re-specting it might be observed : and, with this distinction, the verses conciliate. Nachmanides explains these verses differently, which is, where it says, the firstling is not to be sanctified, is as if it had said, there is no need of sanctify-ing it, for the verse ends by saying, \\" Whether it be bullock or sheep, it is the Lord's,\\" equivalent to saying, every firstling is the Lord's from its birth, and it would therefore be both superfluous and improper to sanctify to the name of the Lord that which was already his; and the other verse saying, that it shall be sanctified, means that it shall only be used as a holy thing, for the verse continues by saying, \\" Thou shalt do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep.\\" \\" Thou shalt eat it before the Lord thy God, & c.,\\" which meaning is very appropriate to the text. 1 Arachin c. 8. << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index t
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