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Pastimes : Archaeology
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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (6237)11/27/2019 11:13:06 AM
From: Stan  Read Replies (1) of 6388
Mosaic Law had various kinds of sacrifices. One was called a Peace Offering. A sub-type of that offering was one of Thanksgiving (Lev. 7, 22). They were freewill rather than designated to any particular day of the year like their Passover or Day of Atonement was. They were given as often as a citizen wanted.

But there were national times of thanksgiving in their history such as when the captives of Judah who had returned home from Babylon laid the foundation of their second Temple. Overall, thanksgiving was such a regular part of their relationship with God, that it was in all their rituals. They even had dedicated singers of thanksgiving psalms at the Temple.

Saying "grace" before, and after, each meal comes from their law and practice. (See Deut. 8). I wonder how many of us offer thanks before our meals anymore.

Christians are commanded to give thanks at all times. It's even called a "sacrifice of the lips" borrowing the idea from the Old Testament (see Hebrews 13),

As the article shows, the idea of a thanksgiving celebration for the bounties of life is peculiar to those who believe in a deity, otherwise to whom would such thanksgivings be offered?
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