Contesting the Meaning of Animal Sacrifice

Daniel Ullucci

in Ancient Mediterranean Sacrifice

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199738960
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918676 | DOI:
Contesting the Meaning of Animal Sacrifice

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Noting the widespread tendency among ancient authors to discount the necessity of sacrifice even while assuming that sacrificial practice should continue, Daniel Ullucci suggests that such statements did not describe what sacrifice means, but rather participated in an ongoing competition for legitimacy. Literate discussions of sacrifice criticized rival interpretations but not sacrifice per se, thereby competing with each other through the medium of textual production. Practice therefore served as the backdrop upon which contestation among literate elites could take place and the eradication of sacrifice was never actually in view.

Keywords: meanings of sacrifice; cultural production; Christian theologies of sacrifice

Chapter.  9477 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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