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BLOOD . Among all primitive races the blood, especially of human beings, has been and is regarded with superstitious, or rather, to be just, religious awe. By the Hebrews also blood was Invested with peculiar sanctity as the seat of the soul ( nephesh ), that is of the principle of life ( Leviticus 17:11 ‘the life [Heb. nephesh ] of the flesh is in the blood’). From this fundamental conception of blood as the vehicle of life may be derived all the manifold social and religious beliefs and practices with regard to it, which play so large a part in Scripture. See Atonement, Clean and Unclean, Covenant, Food, Propitiation, Sacrifice.

A. R. S. Kennedy.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Blood'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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