[b-hebrew] Human Sacrifice - 2 Sam 21

Yard, John jyard at ais.ucla.edu
Fri Oct 21 18:30:03 EDT 2005

It makes one wonder if a food like pork is 
XRM because it is dedicated exclusively to
the deity, like the women in the harem are
forbidden to outsiders because they are dedicated to the lord...


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From: Peter Kirk [mailto:peterkirk at qaya.org] 
Sent: Friday, October 21, 2005 3:01 PM
To: Yard, John
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Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Human Sacrifice - 2 Sam 21

On 21/10/2005 19:07, Yard, John wrote:

>If I am not mistaken the same technical expression -
>'to dedicate to destruction' - is used in the Moabite 
>stone on reference to the inhabitants of an Isrealite 
>city who were sacrificed - XRM - to Chemosh.
>It's quid pro quo - I give you something valuable -
>you ( Chemosh ) give me something back,
The same word XRM is used in Arabic even today with a similar but subtly

different meaning. Unclean food like pork is "haram" i.e. forbidden to 
Muslims. Also the "harem" or ladies' quarters are forbidden to all but 
the lord. But the component of destruction is missing from the Arabic 

Peter Kirk
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peterkirk at qaya.org (work)

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