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Leviticus 6:8 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

(1) The Burnt-Offering (8 13)

9. the burnt offering shall be on the hearth ] It is clear that the Burnt-Offering must rest on the wood that is kindled in order to consume it, and that some further support for both is needed. In the description of the altar in Exo 27:1-8 no provision is made for a top on which the sacrifices can be placed, but an altar hearth (i.e. a place whereon the sacrifices are burnt) is mentioned in the description of Eze 43:13-17. A ‘hearth’ is a ‘place of burning’; if the Heb. word be so translated, or the rendering of R.V. mg., ‘on its firewood,’ be adopted, the passage adds nothing to the incomplete description of the altar in Exodus 27.

and the fire of the altar shall be kept burning thereon ] i.e. on the hearth; for ‘thereon’ A.V. has ‘in it,’ referring to the altar, but the fire burns upon the altar ( Lev 6:13); it is perhaps better to render by it, i.e. by that which is burnt. The meaning of the verse is: the Burnt-Offering shall remain in the place where it is burnt all night, and the fire of the altar shall be kept up by the wood and the material of the sacrifice.

The sacrifice is that enjoined in Exo 29:38-42, Num 28:3-8, which consisted of two lambs, the one offered in the morning, the other in the evening. It is here provided that the daily evening burnt sacrifice should be kept burning during the night until the priest kindled from it the wood for the morning burnt sacrifice. Thus by means of the two daily sacrifices (described in the singular as ‘a continual burnt offering,’ Num 28:6) a perpetual fire was kept burning on the altar. This double daily sacrifice is always described by Jewish tradition as the Tamid, i.e. the continual offering, and is the subject of a special section of the Mishna. Before the exile, as appears from 2Ki 16:15, a Burnt-Offering was brought only in the morning, and a minḥah or Meal-Offering in the evening; for the restored temple Ezek. prescribes a lamb with a Meal-Offering each morning but makes no provision for an evening sacrifice; even in Ezra’s time the pre-exilic custom of offering a minḥah for the evening oblation appears to be continued (Ezr 9:4-5). The Tamid, as prescribed Exodus 29 and Numbers 28, with the law for the maintenance of a continuous fire on the altar as here enjoined in Lev 6:9 ; Lev 6:12, is part of the Priestly Code, and was observed in the second temple from the time that the law which Ezra ‘brought before the congregation’ (Neh 8:2) was accepted by the people.

Chs. Lev 6:8 to Lev 7:38 [Heb 6:1-20; Heb 6:7 ]. The Second Part of the Law of Offerings

See the analysis of this portion in Appendix I ( a) where are given reasons for concluding that this group of laws is not by the same hand as the first, and that they have been collected by one who may or may not be identical with the compiler of P, in order to supplement Lev 1:1 to Lev 6:7. In the main they are concerned with priestly duties and dues.

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Leviticus 6:8 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 6:8 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 6:8 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 6:8 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Leviticus 6:8 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Leviticus 6:8 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 6:8 - Expositors Bible Commentary

Leviticus 6:8 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 6:8 - F. B. Hole's Old and New Testaments Commentary

Leviticus 6:8 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Leviticus 6:8 - Gaebelein's Annotated Bible (Commentary)

Leviticus 6:8 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Leviticus 6:8 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 6:8 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 6:8 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Leviticus 6:8 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Leviticus 6:8 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Leviticus 6:8 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Leviticus 6:8 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Leviticus 6:8 - Grant's Numerical Bible Notes and Commentary

Leviticus 6:8 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Leviticus 6:8 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Leviticus 6:8 - The Complete Pulpit Commentary

Leviticus 6:8 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 6:8 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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