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Sacrifice in Pagan and Christian Antiquity (Criminal Practice Series)

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Robert J. Daly S.J. examines the concept of sacrifice in the ancient Mediterranean world, and discusses how the rise of bloodless Christian sacrifice, and the use of sacrificial language in reference to highly spiritualized Christian lives, would have seemed unsettling and radically challenging to the pagan mind.Acknowledging the difficulties posed by an overwhelmingly Christian scholarly narrative around the topic of sacrifice, Daly specifically sets out to tell the non-Christian side of this story. He first outlines the pagan trajectory, and then the Jewish-Christian trajectory, before concluding with a representative series of comparisons and contrasts. Covering the concept of sacrifice in relation to prayer, ethics and morality, the rhetoric and economics of sacrificial ceremonies, and heroes and saints, Daly finishes with an estimation of how this study might inform further study of sacrifice.
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ISBN-13: 9780567687050
ISBN-10: 0567687058
Pagini: 168
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 x 12 mm
Greutate: 0.39 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția T&T Clark
Seria Criminal Practice Series

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Examines the Greco-Roman trajectory of sacrifice, as well as the Jewish-Christian trajectory, outlining the similarities and differences

Notă biografică

Robert J. Daly S.J. is Professor Emeritus of Theology at Boston College, USA, and is the author of Sacrifice Unveiled (T&T Clark, 2009).


ForewordPart I: Introduction, Methodological and Hermeneutical IssuesPreliminary NotesThe History of ReligionsPostmodern ApproachesThe Elites in Antiquity and ChristianityWhat Is Sacrifice?The Sacrificial World Confronting Ancient ChristianitySacrifice in Human HistoryThe Unity of the Ancient World of SacrificeThe "End" of Paganism?Part II: The Greco-Roman TrajectoryFrom Homer and Hesiod up to Heraclitus and PlatoAnaximenesTheophrastusPhilo of AlexandriaApollonius of TyanaHeliodorus of EmesaPlutarchLucianPorphyryIamblichusSallustSymmachusMacrobius and the "End" of PaganismPart III: The Jewish-Christian TrajectoryPreliminary Note: The Many Meanings of Sacrifice Transitional NoteThe Hebrew ScripturesExcursus 1: "Leave your gift there before the altar" (Matthew 5:24) Excursus 2: SpiritualizationThe Christian Scriptures (New Testament)Early ChristianityPreliminary Note: the General SituationExcursus 3: A Trinitarian View of SacrificeExcursus 4: The Eucharist as SacrificePart IV: Select Points of Comparison and ContrastPrayer and SacrificeDivination and SacrificeEthics, Morality, and SacrificeThe Purpose of SacrificeThe Rhetoric of SacrificeThe "Economics" of SacrificeHeroes and SaintsPart V: Concluding Summary and Looking Ahead Index of NamesSubject Index


During his long career Robert Daly has written extensively on the subject of sacrifice in the ancient Christian world, and the primary strength of this latest volume is to provide a digest of recent studies on the subject, and especially of pagan concepts of sacrifice that will be unfamiliar to most readers. He also draws a helpful distinction between elite and non-elite adherents of both pagan and Christian religions that is not usually made. This is an enormously valuable work.
A tour de force. This is the crowning achievement of a distinguished scholar's life's work on the subject of sacrifice. Expanding his hitherto magisterial work on the Christian understanding of sacrifice and its consequences for worship, Robert Daly helps us to understand the complexity of the idea of sacrifice in the ancient western world as a whole. Meanwhile he introduces the reader to the wide range of contemporary scholarship on the subject. No serious student of sacrifice can afford to ignore this book.