This sacrifice was similar to that for the burnt offering, except that here only the fatty portions were burnt on the altar. The animal's blood was collected and poured around the edges of the altar. Then the fatty portions (fat and entrails) were burnt on the altar, and the meat was shared by the worshiper and his family. Since God also shared in the sacrifice, it was thought of as a friendship meal with God too, and therefore was also referred to as the 'fellowship offering'. This sacrifice expressed the worshipper's desire to give thanks or praise to God.

The peace offerings involved any animal without defect from herd or flock - usually oxen, sheep or goats. Along with the animal sacrifice, both unleavened cakes and leavened bread were offered. The use of leavened bread in an offering was unusual, since leaven represents something that is false, impure, sinful. Here it signifies the offering of sinners to God so that they can also make peace with God (Romans 15:16). More...