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: 07/28/2012

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

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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:
07/28/2012
Series:
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft Series, #344
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2The rhetorics of ritual9
3Ritual and ritualized morality36
4Theology, worldview, and ideology57
5The study of sacrifice in biblical studies67
6Sacrifice in the priestly writing88
7Sacrifice and the king in the Deuteronomistic history120
8Perfect slaughter : sacrifice as warning and promise in the Deuteronomistic history160
9Sacrifice as cultic expression of the law : social and geographic separation in Ezra-Nehemiah185
10Rest, peace, and quiet : sacrifice in Chronicles209
11Conclusion : sacrifice, God, and the people243

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