[b-hebrew] Ex 13:15 "Firstborn of my sons"
rcbarrett at gmail.com
Wed Aug 31 04:45:29 EDT 2005
Kevin Graham wrote:
>It is hard to figure out if child sacrifice was actually condoned or
>commanded, originally. I know it was later stated (unambiguously) that the
>Levites were to take the place of firstborn sacrifices.
If you are interested in the theme of child sacrifice, I recommend
reading Jon Levenson's "The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son:
The Transformation of Child Sacrifice in Judaism and Christianity".
Levenson finds quite a few instances of "sacrificing" (in one sense or
another) one's beloved son and then "receiving" him back (in one sense
or another). From the cover:
"The near-sacrifice and miraculous restoration of a beloved son is a
central but largely overlooked theme in both Judaism and Christianity,
celebrated in biblical texts on Isaac, Ishmael, Jacob, Joseph, and
Jesus. In this highly original book, Jon D. Levenson explores how this
notion of child sacrifice constitutes an overlooked bond between the two
For those not familiar with him, Levenson is a prominent Jewish scholar
at Harvard who interacts productively with Christian scholars.
all the best,
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