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paschal lamb

Name given to the lamb which was sacrificed during the Temple period on the eve of Passover (14 Nisan). After the sacrifice the animal was roasted whole and eaten by the community (Exod. 12:1-28; 43-9; Deut. 16:1-8).


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Reprinted with permission from A Concise Encyclopedia of Judaism,
by Dan Cohn-Sherbok
.© Oneworld Publications.