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The Social Meanings of Sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible von Janzen, David (eBook)

  • Erschienen: 09.08.2012
  • Verlag: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co.KG
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The Social Meanings of Sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible

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-19 th and early-20 th 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.


David Janzen is a visiting professor at the Seminario Anabautista Latinoamericano in Guatemala City. He has published several works on the social world of the Hebrew Bible.

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