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Divine Evil?The Moral Character of the God of Abraham$
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Michael Bergmann, Michael J. Murray, and Michael C. Rea

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576739.001.0001

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Comments on ‘Animal Sacrifices’

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Divine Evil?

James L. Crenshaw

Oxford University Press

John Hare's rationale for the priestly writer's understanding of animal sacrifice rests on three pillars: (1) animals were a part of the Israelite household, (2) the holiness gap that separates humans and God was overcome by evaluative transfer, the sacrificed animal taking the place of its owner, and (3) sacrifice worked because it enabled mortals to imitate God, to attract and maintain divine presence, and to expiate impurity and sin. Despite my appreciation for the clarity of his argument, I wish to offer a different interpretation of the evidence adduced to support these three points....

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