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Author: Jared Christman

recog- nize. Th e Gilgamesh complex is also among the most culturally and historically encompassing of psychological complexes, penetrating to the barest of human existential concerns—the pre- occupation with death. Keywords death denial, zoocide, blood rites, animal vitality Introduction Of the fears

In: Society & Animals
Author: Yitzhaq Feder
This pioneering study examines the use of blood to purge the effects of sin and impurity in Hittite and biblical ritual. The idea that blood atones for sins holds a prominent place in both Jewish and Christian traditions. The author traces this notion back to its earliest documentation in the fourteenth- and thirteenth-century B.C.E. texts from Hittite Anatolia, in which the smearing of blood is used as a means of expiation, purification, and consecration. This rite parallels, in both its procedure and goals, the biblical sin offering. The author argues that this practice stems from a common tradition manifested in both cultures. In addition, this book aims to decipher and elucidate the symbolism of the practice of blood smearing by seeking to identify the sociocultural context in which the expiatory significance of blood originated. Thus, it is essential reading for anyone interested in the meaning and efficacy of ritual, the origins of Jewish and Christian notions of sin and atonement, and the origin of the biblical blood rite.
Author: John B. Geyer

of that possibility linking ritual, myth and stories about the elimination of the enemy. Anat’s blood bath (KTU I 3 ii) is seen as having the same purpose as Lev. xvi in terms of cleansing the sanctuary through blood rites which, in the case of Anat, means the slaughter of the unspecified foe. Exod

In: Vetus Testamentum
Author: Lohse, Eduard

. Thus far, however, no clear etymological derivation has been found for the term. Originally, perhaps, the blood rite was significant from the standpoint of protection against the power of the judgment, w...

In: The Encyclopedia of Christianity Online
Author: Joachim Schaper

practices (sacrifice, blood rites, etc.) and “oral traditions” (proverbs, genealogies, prose narratives, poetry, etc.). They do not just enrich our knowledge of the present-day Bedouin but help us to understand in greater depth some of the key aspects of the customs and social structures that left their

In: Vetus Testamentum

substitutions for the primitive blood rite of human sacrifice to which they resorted in times of racial tension. (p. 177) Ellison thought it fortunate that the “Southern rituals of race were usually confined to the realm of the symbolic” (p. 177). However, when these rituals did not suffice in reassuring

In: Encyclopedia of Critical Whiteness Studies in Education
Author: Jonathan Vroom

prescriptions for the priest’s ḥaṭṭāʾṯ bull, along with a blood rite, which correspond to the ḥaṭṭāʾṯ -bull and blood rite of Lev 16:3, 6, 11, 14, 18–19, and perhaps a disposal rite. 44 The well-preserved portion of col. (26:5–9) states: … and they shall slaughter the goat upon which Yhwh ’s lot was cast

In: The Authority of Law in the Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism
Author: E.W. Nicholson

agreement on the significance of the blood rite described in this passage. Particular importance has been attached to the division of the blood into two halves (v. 6), one half being thrown against the altar, the other half upon the people (v. 8). By this means a communio sacramentalis was created between

In: Vetus Testamentum
Author: Jacob Neusner

hierarchization of received facts of Scripture, it commonly pursues problems of the interplay between the Israelite’s, the priest’s, and God’s will and plan for the blood-rite in any particular circumstance. The particular issues inherent in the blood-rite that engage the Halakhah of the Mishnah involve those

In: Review of Rabbinic Judaism

and a blood rite performed at home. Rather, these scholars altogether deny the existence of a blood rite for future generations. 10 They excise the blood ritual from the Passover ordinance, claiming that unlike the slaughtering of the Passover lamb, the smearing of blood is only sensible in the

In: Vetus Testamentum