red heifer

Numbers 19:2

19:2 red heifer. This unique offering, and its “red heifer,” are mentioned nowhere else in Scripture. Normally male cows were used in sacrifice. Furthermore, red heifers are now very rare. The birth of such an animal in modern Israel has even been hailed by orthodox Jews as signifying the imminent coming of their anticipated Messiah, the call to rebuild their temple and reinstitute the ancient sacrifices. The description of the heifer (“without spot,” never under yoke) suggests special typological significance.

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