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from the what-goes-around-comes-around dept.
The best blood is of the moon, monthly: then the fresh blood of a child, or dropping from the host of heaven: then of enemies; then of the priest or of the worshippers: last of some beast, no matter what.
The notion of a hierarchy of blood, expressed in this verse from The Book of the Law, could be seen as having its origin in the New Testament epistle, Hebrews.
The anonymous author of Hebrews (sometimes considered to be St. Paul) declares that Christ is a special kind of priest. The Judaic priesthood was hereditary, in that all priests were descended from Aaron of the tribe of Levi. For that matter, only Levites could even assist the priesthood. In Hebrews, it is pointed out that the authority of the Levitical priesthood has as its source the blessing bestowed upon Abraham by Melchizedek. (The reasoning being that Levi was in the loins of Abraham, though a few generations removed.)
This Melchizedek, said to be king of Salem, pops out of nowhere in Genesis 14:18, blesses Abraham, picks up his tithe, and is never heard from again (rather like Jonathan Yarker). The point made in Hebrews is that Melchizedek has no lineage, and so his priesthood is an eternal one. The author goes on to claim that God said to Christ, "Thou art a priest for ever, in the succession of Melchizedek," though I don't know why he claims this. Anyway, the Levitical priests have a temporary, inherited priesthood, whereas Christ and Melchizedek have a direct, eternal priesthood. (The Eastern Orthodox churches therefore make much of Melchizedek, while in the West, for some reason, Melchizedek only seems to be of interest to Rosicrucians and the like.)
The distinction is then made between the animal blood offerings the Levitical priests made every year, and the blood offering of Christ. Not the blood of the animal, but the blood of the priest himself, and not just any priest, but an eternal, Melchizedek-class priest, thus making further animal sacrifice unnecessary.
The tent of his priesthood is a greater and more perfect one, not made by men's hands, that is, not belonging to this created world; the blood of his sacrifice is his own blood, not the blood of goats and calves; and thus he has entered the sanctuary once and for all and secured an eternal deliverance.
Do you see the parallel? In Christianity, it is averred that priest blood is better than beast blood. AL III:24 agrees with this assessment, although it puts worshippers on the same level as priests, but then goes on to hold several types of blood as superior to either beasts or priests: enemies, then children (or dropping from the host of heaven), but best of all, blood of the moon, monthly.
I wouldn't attempt to get into the business of suggesting what all of this means, but I do think that the study of Hebrews casts AL III:24 in an interesting light.
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