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First-Born, Redemption of

Easton's Bible Dictionary

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From the beginning the office of the priesthood in each family belonged to the eldest son. But when the extensive plan of sacrificial worship was introduced, requiring a company of men to be exclusively devoted to this ministry, the primitive office of the first-born was superseded by that of the Levites (Numbers 3:11-13 ), and it was ordained that the first-born of man and of unclean animals should henceforth be redeemed (18:15).

The laws concerning this redemption of the first-born of man are recorded in Exodus 13:12-15; 22:29; 34:20; Numbers 3:45; 8:17; 18:16; Leviticus 12:2,4 .

The first-born male of every clean animal was to be given up to the priest for sacrifice (Deuteronomy 12:6; Exodus 13:12; 34:20; Numbers 18:15-17 ).

But the first-born of unclean animals was either to be redeemed or sold and the price given to the priest (Leviticus 27:11-13,27 ). The first-born of an ass, if not redeemed, was to be put to death (Exodus 13:13; 34:20 ).

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Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'First-Born, Redemption of'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​ebd/​f/first-born-redemption-of.html. 1897.
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