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The Bible is one of the most metaphorical works of literature ever published One can find numerous symbols double meanings and similes in most every chapter They are employed through the use of animals numbers plants and even changes of weather Though the metaphors are varied and expansive it should not be disputed that the semblance of blood is one of the most significant Blood is used from beginning to end to represent people to show death ancestry sacrifice the power of God the love of Jesus and especially redemption Blood in the Bible took on its most important relevance with the introduction of Jesus Christ in the New Testament Although blood appears to have a deeper meaning in the New Testament blood has many metaphorical appearances in the Old Testament Most passages referring to blood simply imply death such as Joshua 219 And it shall be that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street his blood shall be upon his head this is a conversation amongst spies with Rahab Another is found in 1 Kings 231 do as he hath said and fall upon him and bury him that thou mayest take away the innocent blood which Johab shed from me and from the house of my father again the blood merely refers to the dead or death The image of blood can be used to describe a persons ancestry or where they are native to The book of Ester E10 states For instance Haman son of Hammedatha a Macedonian certainly not of Persian blood Here the semblance of blood shows that Haman is not of Persian heritage but rather from Macedonian Another image of blood that is reoccurring in the Old Testament is that of sacrifice Many people would sacrifice animals and such in their worship of God This is shown in Leviticus 15 He shall then slaughter the bull before the Lord but Aarons sons
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