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Bibil Identifier bibil:203577
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Self-Sacrifice to Save the Life of Another in Jewish and Christian Traditions
Author Litwa, M. David
Journal Heythrop Journal (Volume: 50, Issue: 6)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 912-922 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Although both the Jewish and Christian traditions permit and even valorize self-sacrificial death for the sake of God (martyrdom), and for other people, they diverge on the issue of self-sacrificial death for the sake of a single individual. The Jewish tradition prohibits such self-sacrifice on the basis of the principles that (1) God owns the body and that (2) one cannot exchange one's life for another's. Christian ethics, in contrast, permits sacrificing one's life to save a single person based on the model of Christ's self-sacrificial love. This ethical disagreement exposes a fundamental theological disagreement between the two traditions concerning what constitutes the imago Dei
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-2265.2009.00516.x
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Sacrifice
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sacrifice
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Image of God
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Image of God
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