Human Sacrifice in Jewish and Christian Tradition (Numen by Karin Finsterbusch, Armin L. Lange, K. F. Diethard Romheld,

By Karin Finsterbusch, Armin L. Lange, K. F. Diethard Romheld, Lance Lazar

This quantity asks to which quantity historical practices and traditions of human sacrifice are mirrored in medieval and smooth Judeo-Christian instances. the 1st a part of the quantity, on antiquity, specializes in rituals of human sacrifice and polemics opposed to it, in addition to on ameliorations of human sacrifice within the Israelite-Jewish and Christian cultures, whereas the traditional close to East and historic Greece will not be excluded. the second one a part of the quantity, on medieval and glossy occasions, discusses human sacrifice in Jewish and Christian traditions in addition to the debates approximately euthanasia and dying penalty within the Western global. The members comprise: Yaakov Ariel, Michaela Bauks, Udo Benzenhofer, Katell Berthelot, Karin Finsterbusch, Jasper Hopkins, Tal Ilan, Peter Lampe, Armin Lange, Beate Pongratz-Leisten, Bennie H. Reynolds, Wilhelm Rimpau, Christopher Roberts, Randall Styers, Rainer Walz, Gabriele Weiler and Viktor von Weizsacker.

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The scapegoat ritual, consequently, represents a special form of substitution rituals. Two components, however, seem of special interest, one is the transferal of the impurity by laying hands on the ram and the other Parpola, Letters, xxv. Hans Martin Kümmel, Ersatzrituale für den hethitischen König (Studien zu den Bogazköy Texten 3; Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1967). 93 Daniel P. Wright, The Disposal of Impurity: Elimination Rites in the Bible and in Hittite and Mesopotamian Literature (SBLDS 101; (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1987).

G. Beckman, R. Beal, and G. Mc Mahon, (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2003), 131–47. 127: 29 ff. 102 Daniel Schwemer, Akkadische Rituale aus Hattuša: Die Sammeltafel KBo xxxvi 29 und ˘ verwandte Fragmente (Texte der Hethiter 23; Heidelberg: Winter, 1998), 60, cf. n. 170. 103 Oliver R. Gurney, Some Aspects of Hittite Religion (The Schweich Lectures of the British Accademy; London: Oxford University Press, 1977), 47–52; CTH 410, CTH 407, CTH 394, CTH 425 b. See also Kümmel, Ersatzrituale. RITUAL KILLING AND SACRIFICE 25 calendar but performed as needed.

It is due to his possession of secret knowledge that he is able not only to provide the clay but also to transform the substance of the slaughtered god into the first human being. Later when the mythical narrative proceeds to the actual description of the creation of humankind the myth plays on the words etemmu ˙ and t¯emu “intelligence” or “scheme” as William L. Moran61 prefers to ˙ translate (I col. iv 223–24): We-ila62 who had the scheme [t¯ema] (to overthrow Enlil), ˙ they slaughtered in their assembly.

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