To Pass Through the Fire: Human Sacrifice in the History of Judaism Prof. Assi Meshullam
The Hebrew Bible is replete with evidence suggesting that the ancient Israelites often worshiped the gods and goddesses of their Canaanite neighbors. Among these practices was the infamous Molech ritual, performed in the Ben Hinnom Valley at the foot of Jerusalem, which is believed to have involved the sacrifice of young children to the gods. From the tale of Isaac to the story of Jephthah’s daughter and the Molech rituals, this lecture will explore the controversial custom – one that all of Israel's prophets vehemently condemned: the practice of child sacrifice. We will also examine its reflection in the archaeological findings from the biblical cultures, shedding light on the historical context and complexities of this hideous practice.
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