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Sprinkling

SPRINKLING (Heb. zāraq, nāzâh, Gr. rhantizein). Sprinkling of blood, water, and oil formed a very important part of the act of sacrifice. In the account of the forming of the covenant between the Lord and Israel (Exod.24.6-Exod.24.8), half of the blood was sprinkled on the altar and the rest on the people. When Aaron and his sons were consecrated, some blood was sprinkled on the altar and some on Aaron and his sons and on their garments. In the various offerings—burnt, peace, sin—blood was always sprinkled. Sprinkling was sometimes done in handfuls, sometimes with the finger, and sometimes with a sprinkler—a bunch of hyssop fastened to a cedar rod.