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

The Social Meanings of Sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible

A Study of Four Writings

Hardcover Published: 24th June 2004
ISBN: 9783110181586
Number Of Pages: 312
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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-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.

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"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

ISBN: 9783110181586
ISBN-10: 3110181584
Series: Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 24th June 2004
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.62