[b-hebrew] Leviticus 27:29 and human sacrifice ???
kwrandolph at email.com
Tue Oct 18 12:30:56 EDT 2005
I have read and heard it repeatedly that the biggest moral
difference between Judaism and paganism is that
Judaism forbade human sacrifice. With the unfortunate
exception of YPTX's daughter, that characterization seems
In Leviticus 27:29 (look also at the verses around it) there
seems to be a command that human sacrifice is to be
The question that may clear up this understanding is the
definition of XRM.
I checked Reinier de Blois' online dictionary, but does it
really fit this use?
I suspect that the lexeme XRM may have the idea of
marking out, as in designating animals to be sacrificed
such that they can no longer be considered owned by the
designator, but also marked as in blemished physically,
such that a hereditary priest may not serve in the temple
(Leviticus 21:18) or blemished morally such that his death
is an execution of the guilty, not a sacrifice.
What say ye?
Karl W. Randolph.
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