It was as if he'd tossed out a sacrificial lamb to a flock of vultures.
The spirit of Vedic worship is pervaded by a devout belief in the efficacy of invocation and sacrificial offering.
Another special characteristic of Israel's religion in Canaan was the considerable increase of sacrificial offerings.
In Armenia the Greek word agape has been used ever since the 4th century to indicate these sacrificial meals, which either began or ended with a eucharistic celebration.
He connects the Christian ministry, not with the worship of the Temple, in which were priests and sacrificial ritual, but with that of the synagogue, which was a local institution providing spiritual edification by the reading and exposition of Scripture.'