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A God of Human Sacrifice in the Old Testament

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  • Date Published: February 1990
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 2000
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521364744

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  • Over the years there has been no consensus amongst scholars on the subject of Molech in the Old Testament. Was Molech the name of a god or was it simply a sacrificial term like the molk of the Carthaginians? Were children actually offered up in gruesome and fiery sacrifices to Molech or was it rather a question of harmless rites of cultic dedication in the fire? If Molech was a god, what was his origin and was it the case, as some have argued, that his worshippers equated him with Yahweh, the God of Israel? These are some of the questions which Dr Day's fresh and thorough study discusses and to which decisive answers are given.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1990
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521364744
    • length: 125 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.275kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 2000
  • Table of Contents

    1. Molech: divine name or sacrificial term?
    2. The nature of the Molech cult and the meaning of Topheth
    3. The background and identity of Molech and his relationship to Yahweh
    4. Passages where allusions to Molech have sometimes wrongly been found
    Summary and conclusions
    Appendix: Classical and patristic references to Phoenician and Carthaginian human sacrifice

  • Author

    John Day

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