Maria‐Zoe Petropoulou

in Animal Sacrifice in Ancient Greek Religion, Judaism, and Christianity, 100 BC to AD 200

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780199218547
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191711503 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs


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The Epilogue, in attempting to answer the question of why Christians relinquished the practice of animal sacrifice, uses the book's initial interpretive scheme of the mechanism of animal sacrifice. Exploring the earliest layers of the Christian tradition, it maintains with reservation the view that the close connection of some of the disciples with Jesus as well as Paul's will to be connected to Jesus (either through contact with early disciples or through visions), led to a different apprehension of God (change in the vertical axis), which led to the abolition of sacrifice (change in the horizontal axis).

Keywords: abolition; animal sacrifice; axis; disciples; Jesus; Paul; relinquishment

Chapter.  4166 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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