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

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

by David Janzen
     
 

ISBN-10: 3110181584

ISBN-13: 9783110181586

Pub. Date: 06/24/2004

Publisher: De Gruyter

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 René Girard or

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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 René 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783110181586
Publisher:
De Gruyter
Publication date:
06/24/2004
Series:
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft Series, #344
Edition description:
Reprint 2012
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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