Child Sacrifice in Ancient Israel

Ran across this book a little earlier today and thought I’d share news of it in case you haven’t seen it.

Among the many religious acts condemned in the Hebrew Bible, child sacrifice stands out as particularly horrifying. The idea that any group of people would willingly sacrifice their own children to their god(s) is so contrary to modern moral sensibilities that it is difficult to imagine that such a practice could have ever existed. Nonetheless, the existence of biblical condemnation of these rites attests to the fact that some ancient Israelites in fact did sacrifice their children. Indeed, a close reading of the evidence—biblical, archaeological, epigraphic, etc.—indicates that there are at least three different types of Israelite child sacrifice, each with its own history, purpose, and function.

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2 thoughts on “Child Sacrifice in Ancient Israel

  1. Robert Woods 8 Feb 2018 at 5:12 pm

    I don’t know if this will still be visible, but on Amazon at this book is a button to “add to baby registry.” I have a screen shot but didn’t know how to add to comment.

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    • Jim 8 Feb 2018 at 5:23 pm

      ha. amazon and its algorithm….

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