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Ancient Mediterranean Sacrifice

Jennifer Wright Knust and Zsuzsanna Varhelyi


Ancient Mediterranean Sacrifice reappraises the diverse religious texts and practices of the late Hellenistic and Roman periods, investigating the meanings and functions of sacrifice in the ancient world. Gathering together essays that address sacrificial acts, ancient theories of sacrifice, and literary as well as artistic depictions of sacrifice, the connections between Mediterranean religions are highlighted, as are the significant differences among them. The attempt to identify a single underlying significance of sacrifice, this collection demonstrates, is futile. It is simply ... More

Keywords: ancient religion, sacrifice, Roman rule, Greek literature, Ancient Christianity, Early Judaism, Egyptian religion, theologies of sacrifice, sacrificial practices

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199738960
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738960.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Wright Knust, editor
Boston University

Zsuzsanna Varhelyi, editor
Boston University

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Jennifer Wright Knust and Zsuzsanna Várhelyi

Part I Theorizing Sacrifice

4 Jewish Sacrifice

William K. Gilders

Part II Negotiating Power through Sacrifice

6 Political Murder and Sacrifice

Zsuzsanna Várhelyi

8 The End of Public Sacrifice

Michele Renee Salzman

Part III Toward a Theology of Sacrifice

11 Bonds of Flesh and Blood

Philippa Townsend

Part IV Imaginary Sacrifice

13 Passing

Andrew S. Jacobs

14 Confounding Blood

Ra‘anan S. Boustan

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