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Bibil Identifier bibil:213008
Publication Type Journal article
Title (Afrikaans, Long) Bloedoffers en morele vorming: Gewelddadigheid as faset van Christelike tradisies
Author Botha, Pieter J.J.
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 64, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language Afrikaans
Pages 1601-1631 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Is it possible that the discourse (and the corresponding assumptions) of blood sacrifice contribute to violent behavior? After a brief review of the pervasive presence of blood sacrifice language in formative Christianity, some theoretical perspectives on the concept of sacrifice are discussed. Attention is given to traditional views emphasizing sacrifice as transaction and communication, as well as to the theories of René Girard and Walter Burkert. These theoretical reflections remind us of how interwoven sacrifice and our cultural histories; sacrifice is rooted in coping strategies for powerful and dangerous emotions and events. Some connections between blood sacrifice imagery and sacrificial talk and the possible substantiation and naturalization of violent actions and values are indicated. Sacrifice language is not the only cause of violent behavior, but it does contribute to the cultural scripts of communities, promotes egocentric values, maintains magical components in worldview and facilitates the perception of violence as a commodity.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sacrifice
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Blood
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