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The Social Meanings of Sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible: A Study of Four Writings

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This work uses anthropological theory and field studies to investigate the social function and meaning of sacrifice. All rituals, including sacrifice, communicate social beliefs and morality, but these cannot be determined outside of a study of the social context. Thus, there is no single explanation for sacrifice - such as those advanced by Rene Girard or Walter Burkert or late-19 th and early-20 th century scholars. The book then examines four different writings in the Hebrew Bible - the Priestly Writing, the ...

The Social Meanings of Sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible: A Study of Four Writings 2012, de Gruyter, Berlin/Boston

ISBN-13: 9783110181586

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