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A Redescription of Early Christian Positions on Animal Sacrifice

Daniel Ullucci

in The Christian Rejection of Animal Sacrifice

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199791705
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932436 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791705.003.0005
A Redescription of Early Christian Positions on Animal Sacrifice

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This chapter shows that Christian arguments on the meaning and purpose of animal sacrifice, from Paul to Cyprian, do not form a single cohesive position. Rather, they represent different Christian thinkers taking up the issue of sacrifice for their own varied purposes. In many cases, Christian discourse on sacrifice is not part of conflicts between Christians and Romans or Christians and Jews. Instead, it is part of inter-Christian conflict. Christian authors use arguments on the meaning and purpose of animal sacrifice to articulate their positions vis-à-vis their Christian rivals. In particular, the Christian group that won the historical battle had to defend their claim represent the true heritage of Judaism and the Hebrew Bible. Their position on sacrifice was a key piece of their claim to represent true Christianity.

Keywords: Centrist; Petropoulou; Heyman; Gnostic; Hebrew Bible

Chapter.  8529 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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