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Bibil Identifier bibil:226795
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) BTB Readers' Guide. Sacrifice, an Ancient Mediterranean Ritual
Author DeMaris, Richard E.
Journal Biblical Theology Bulletin (Volume: 43, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 60-73 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Any examination of sacrifice must reckon with the variety and complexity of sacrificial activities and the problems that consequently attend sacrifice employed as an analytical category. Approached as ritual and placed in full context, sacrifice reveals rich connections with the key social structures and cultural values of the ancient Mediterranean world. Sacrifice established and maintained the social status and location of participants in it, and in many situations it defined kinship ties and identities. It also constituted a component in the reciprocal exchange between human beings and their ancestors and god(s), an exchange in which sacrifice signified gift giving. Sacrificial gift-giving sustained the patron-client relations that denizens of the Mediterranean supposed they had with their superiors—ancestors and god(s). It did so by serving as a gesture of gratitude to one's patrons; it was the primary means of honoring them.
DOI 10.1177/0146107913482279
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sacrifice
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Rite
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