Sense of the Day: Sin Offering

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n. — an offering intended to expiate for sin against God.

Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them; and he came down after sacrificing the sin offering [חַטָּאת], the burnt offering, and the offering of well-being.

Leviticus 9:22 (NRSV)

One of the more difficult aspects of understanding the Book of Leviticus is keeping all of the different kinds of offerings straight. In this example verse alone, we find references to a “sin offering,” a “burnt offering,” and the “offering of well-being.” Complicating this is the fact that translations do not all use the same terminology for the different kinds of sacrifices. Here the Bible Sense Lexicon helps by offering definitions, rather than simply glosses or translation values. And with the reverse interlinear ribbon open and the sense line enabled, these definitions are available without having to leave the text we are reading. We simply scroll over the labels of “sin offering,” “whole burnt offering,” and “peace offering” to see the definition for each. Clicking on any one of those labels takes us to the Bible Sense Lexicon tool, where we see a taxonomy that has the different kinds of sacrifices in one place.

What is the Bible Sense Lexicon?

Sense of the Day is based on content from Logos’ Bible Sense Lexicon, which organizes biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words by meaning based on a variety of semantic relationships. Sense of the Day provides examples of senses in context, along with insight into their application for theology and interpretation.

The Bible Sense Lexicon is a Logos dataset available in Logos 5 Gold and higher base packages. If you’re enrolled in the Logos Academic Discount Program, you can also find the Bible Sense Lexicon in the Biblical Languages base package. Take your studies even further by exploring semantic domains, engaging the biblical text like never before.

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