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Smith, 1970. Gillespie, George. Aaron’s Rod Blossoming. London: Richard Whitaker, 1670. Lawrence, David H. Aaron’s Rod. New York: Thomas Selzer, 1922. Wiesel, Elie. “Aaron: The Teflon Kid,” in Biblical Archaeology, August 1998. Ablution. See Bath, Bathing Abomination (Lev. 11; 1 Kings 11:5; Dan. 9:27, 11:31, 12:11; Matt. 24:15; Mark 13:14; Rev. 17:5) Anyone or anything that is offensive to God and his plan for the righteous way of life, including eating unclean foods, engaging in forbidden sexual activities, or the worship of idols, was considered abominable.

The close association between worship and animal sacrifice, and the constant references in the law to regulations for selecting and eating meat, indicate that humans slaughtered, cooked, and ate animals from early times. Animals in Scripture Scripture teems with animal life. Their flesh was used for food, their skins and hair for clothing and shelter. God’s love for them was marked by his specific admonition to Noah to preserve them (Gen. 7:2–3) and to lead them into the ark two by two. Birds served as Noah’s spies: Noah first sent out a raven to look for dry land, but the dove was the one that returned 24 Animals with the “freshly plucked olive leaf” (Gen.

The theological debate that underlies this difference was a significant factor in the Reformation, with Luther admitting the “real presence” but repudiating transubstantiation, and Calvin insisting instead on the “virtual presence” of the blood and flesh and repudiating Luther’s concept of consubstantiation (Dominic Manganiello 1992, 775–7). See also Incense; Last Supper; Sacrifice; Temple. Further Reading Hammond, Philip C. “Altars,” in The Oxford Companion to the Bible. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

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