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Reciprocity and the Risk of Rejection: Debate over Sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible

Department of Theology, Uppsala University, P.O. Box 511, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
Religions 2018, 9(12), 422;
Received: 15 November 2018 / Revised: 13 December 2018 / Accepted: 17 December 2018 / Published: 19 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sacrifice and Religion)
Sacrifice is a central but contested topic in the prophetical literature in the Hebrew Bible. Whereas some texts criticize the sacrificial cult vehemently, other texts express strong support for such a cult. Interestingly, and somewhat paradoxically, a certain writing, such as the book of Jeremiah, may contain both cult-critical prophecies and passages that promote sacrifices. Divergent interpretations of this ancient debate have engendered an intense scholarly debate. Adopting a new approach, informed by sacrifice theories that emphasize the notion of reciprocity, this article refutes the view that prophets like Amos and Jeremiah rejected all sacrifices. Rather, they (that is, the authors of these books) addressed specific situations, or explained specific catastrophes in retrospect. Viewed from this perspective, the cult-critical prophecies, as well as other references to rejected sacrifice, are in fact compatible with a basically positive attitude towards the sacrificial cult. View Full-Text
Keywords: reciprocity; rejected sacrifice; prophetic literature; cultic critique reciprocity; rejected sacrifice; prophetic literature; cultic critique
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Eidevall, G. Reciprocity and the Risk of Rejection: Debate over Sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible. Religions 2018, 9, 422.

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