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The Christian Rejection of Animal Sacrifice$
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Daniel C. Ullucci

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199791705

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791705.001.0001

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Ideal Sacrifice vs. the Ideal of No Sacrifice

Ideal Sacrifice vs. the Ideal of No Sacrifice

(p.31) 3 Ideal Sacrifice vs. the Ideal of No Sacrifice
The Christian Rejection of Animal Sacrifice

Daniel Ullucci

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the competition to define the meaning and purpose of animal sacrifice among various ancient cultural producers. These include: Greek, Roman, and Jewish philosophers, Hebrew Bible writers, Jewish sectarians, and Greek and Roman comic writers. Each of these various groups took positions on the meaning and purpose of sacrifice based on their conceptions of the nature of the universe and the nature of the divine. These thinkers are engaged in a competition to defend their interpretation of sacrifice against what they see as the errors of their rivals. Later Christian positions of sacrifice must be understood within the context of this debate.

Keywords:   Philo, Platonic, Stoic, Epicurean, Psalms, Hosea, Qumran, Hesiod, Cynic, Pythagorean

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