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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

A Smell Fest

In Genesis, KJV, we read: "And the LORD smelled a sweet savour."

What created this smell is an interesting question because the expression appears 44 times in the KJV.

In the first century, large crowds of people attended the great festivals in Jerusalem. The smell of slaughtered livestock, blood running in the gutters, dead dogs, and human waste must have been horrendous. But my sister the Wise Librarian tells me that that garlic and cinnamon can kill the odor.

My question to you is this, what created the “sweet savour” and what killed the odor of a large number of lambs being slaughtered at Passover? Were garlic and cinnamon being used in this manner in Jerusalem at Passover?

What did they use before cinnamon became available?

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Blogger Justin Jenkins said...

Some sort in incense? Certain kinds of wood burning?

Then again, perhaps it wasn’t sweet smelling at all to human senses, but to God. In other words he was pleased with the sacrifice (or a similar phrase is used for prayers to God.) I think this is made somewhat clear in the OT passages, but in 2 Corinthians 2:15 it’s more obvious.

Or, given that they didn't shower, or have deodorant --- perhaps they didn't care. :)

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