[b-hebrew] Human Sacrifices

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Wed Aug 25 10:19:37 EDT 2004

Actually, Shoshanna, there is very little actual evidence of human sacrifice
among the Canaanites. It is not mentioned in any contemporary inscriptions,
the biblical references are vague (Jerimiah deals with Israelites, not
Canaanites!) and there is no clear archaeological evidence, such as the
"Tophet" found at Carthage, from Canaanite sites. If human sacrifice was
practiced at all, it was very rare, and only in times of extreme pressure.
Look at 2 Kings 3:27: the Moabite king (NOT a Canaanite!) sacrificed his own
son, and God became angry at the Israelites and caused them to retreat! Very
strange. Not to mention what Abraham was willing to do to Isaac. Maybe not
what God had intended, but nowhere does he repremand Abraham for being

----- Original Message -----
From: "Shoshanna Walker" <rosewalk at concentric.net>
To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2004 2:49 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Yom Kippur

> EVERYWHERE, G-d stresses that we are not to practice Baal worship,
> and even tells us to wipe them out of the land.  One of the things
> they did was sacrifice of PEOPLE!
> Shoshanna
> HH: Do you really think that is what Amos and Jeremiah are doing. I
> am flabbergasted. The law about sacrifices came from Sinai itself.
> Your Tanakh turns into swiss cheese full of holes if you consider
> sacrifice a foreign element that is false to true worship of Yahweh.
> HH: I think Jer 7:22-23 speaks of what had priority. What did God
> stress when He first brought the people out of Egypt? I don't think
> Amos 5:25 is denying that they brought sacrifices, but saying that
> while they may have done that, they also carried their idols along
> with them.
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