Ritual and Metaphor: Sacrifice in the Bible by Christian Eberhart

By Christian Eberhart

The sanctuary and rituals that shaped the center of historical Judaism ceased to exist many years in the past, but their photos and ideas, specially that of “sacrifice,” have remained necessary to the rhetoric of politics, faith, and secular tradition. Pervasive sacrificial metaphors variety from spiritual foundations for human ethics to makes an attempt to glorify sufferers of army operations or average failures to much-debated rules of vicarious atonement inside Christianity. The essays during this quantity care for critical elements of sacrificial rituals and techniques of metaphor improvement and spiritualization in Judaism and Christianity. The participants contain Christian A. Eberhart, Göran Eidevall, Stephen Finlan, George P. Heyman, Dominika Kurek-Chomycz, Jeffrey S. Siker, Jason Tatlock, Timothy Wardle, and James W. Watts.

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Black, 1894). 2. Cf. H. Hubert and M. Mauss, “Essai sur la Nature et la Fonction du Sacrifice,” ASoc 2 (1899): 29–138; H. Gese, “The Atonement,” in Essays on Biblical Theology (trans. K. Crim; Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1981), 93–116. 3. Cf. R. Girard, Violence and the Sacred (trans. Patrick Gregory; Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977); idem, Des choses cachées depuis la fondation du monde (Paris: Grasset, 1979); W. Burkert, Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth (trans.

McClymond, Beyond Sacred Violence, 17. 16. Cf. J. Barr, The Semantics of Biblical Language (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1962), 155–56. , 100–106) in lexicographical studies and the exegesis of Hebrew Bible texts. A similar position is that of Moisés Silva who emphasizes that “linguists . . would assign a determinative function to context; that is, the context does not merely help us understand meaning—it virtually makes meaning” (Biblical Eberhart: Sacrifice? Holy Smokes! 23 units. 18 These texts distinguish among five different types of sacrifice, namely the burnt offering, the cereal offering, the sacrifice of well-being, the sin offering, and the guilt offering.

W. A. McDevitte. and W. S. Bohn; New York: Harper & Brothers, 1869). 37. For a convenient, and skeptical, summary of the ancient evidence for human sacrifice, see Delaney, Abraham on Trial, 71–86. 38. See E. Lipiński, “Rites et sacrifices dans la tradition Phénico-Punique,” in Ritual and Sacrifice in the Ancient Near East (ed. J. Quaegebeur; Louvain: Peeters, 1993), 257–81 [279–80]. 39. See Roy C. Cave and Herbert H. Coulson, A Source Book for Medieval Economic History (Milwaukee: Bruce, 1936; reprint, New York: Biblo & Tannen, 1965), 284.

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