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-19th and early-20th century scholars. The book then examines four different writings in the Hebrew Bible - the Priestly Writing, the Deuteronomistic History, Ezra-Nehemiah, and Chronicles - to demonstrate how different social origins result in different social meanings of sacrifice.
"This is a very valuable contribution to the understanding of an institution that continues to baffle and intrigue scholars."
P. Jenson in: Book List 05/2005
Series: Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
For Ages: 22+ years old
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 24th June 2004
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.62