Molech or Molech a god or a sacrifice
navillusbpi at primus.com.au
Wed Jan 19 22:55:59 EST 2000
Lorraine asked if anyone replied to my question.
Not a bite. Sorry.
So, in the spirit of seek and ye shall find I once again ask: Alan Lloyd
in his book 'Destroy Carthage - the death throes of an ancient culture
claims that the term Molech/Moloch refers not to a god (the Carthaginian
god Baal Hammon) but a sacrifice. Is this correct. What is the derivation
of this phrase?
Unfortunately, no scholarly evidence is presented with his statement, hence
I am asking if there is a scholarly opinion on this matter, or perhaps is
there a diverse, range of ideas? Even pointing me in the right direction
would be appreciated.
My original question is repinted below.
Thankyou Lorraine, for your interest, and in advance I wish to thank any
kind enough to contribute to this thread.
Navillusbpi at primus.com.au
>Greetings to all
>Alan Lloyd in his book 'Destroy Carthage - the death throes of an ancient
>culture'writes of the Carthaginian god Baal Hammon. The Carthaginians
>decended from the Biblical Phonicians and this god is remembered in the
>Bible as Molech or Moloch.
>Atleast that is what I understand. However Mr. Lloyd clames that Baal
>Hammon is wrongly called Moloch as this word refers to 'a sacrificial
>offering, not a god' (p93 ibid).
>Does anyone have any information on the Hebrew derivation of the term
>Moloch? For the record, he writes of the evidence of the child sacrifice
>that the OT speaks of in Baal Hammons worship.
>I would be very grateful of clarification of this word that research may
>have now revealed.
>navillusbpi at primus.com.au
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