Interpreting child sacrifice narratives: Horror and redemption

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Examining the theme of child sacrifice as a psychological challenge, this book applies a unique approach to religious ideas by looking at beliefs and practices that are considered deviant, but also make up part of mainstream religious discourse in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Ancient religious mythology, which survives through living traditions and transmitted narratives, rituals, and writings, is filled with violent stories, often involving the targeting of children as ritual victims. Christianity offers Abraham's sacrifice and assures us that the "only begotten son" has died, and then been resurrected. This version of the sacrifice myth has dominated the West. It is celebrated in an act of fantasy cannibalism, in which the believers share the divine son's flesh and blood. This book makes the connection between Satanism stories in the 1980s, the Blood Libel in Europe, The Eucharist, and Eastern Mediterranean narratives of child.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing Plc.
Number of pages260
ISBN (Electronic)9781350236738
ISBN (Print)9781350236721
StatePublished - 23 Mar 2023

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Publisher Copyright:
© Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, 2023. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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