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Comments on ‘Animal Sacrifices’

James L. Crenshaw

in Divine Evil?

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199576739
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595165 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576739.003.0013
Comments on ‘Animal Sacrifices’

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John Hare's rationale for the priestly writer's understanding of animal sacrifice rests on three pillars: (1) animals were a part of the Israelite household, (2) the holiness gap that separates humans and God was overcome by evaluative transfer, the sacrificed animal taking the place of its owner, and (3) sacrifice worked because it enabled mortals to imitate God, to attract and maintain divine presence, and to expiate impurity and sin. Despite my appreciation for the clarity of his argument, I wish to offer a different interpretation of the evidence adduced to support these three points....

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Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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