King Manasseh and Child Sacrifice: Biblical Distortions of Historical Realities

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Walter de Gruyter, 2004 - Religion - 405 pages
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The Hebrew Bible portrays King Manasseh and child sacrifice as the most reprehensible person and the most objectionable practice within the story of 'Israel'. This monograph suggests that historically, neither were as deviant as the Hebrew Bible appears to insist. Through careful historical reconstruction, it is argued that Manasseh was one of Judah's most successful monarchs, and child sacrifice played a central role in ancient Judahite religious practice. The biblical writers, motivated by ideological concerns, have thus deliberately distorted the truth about Manasseh and child sacrifice.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Biblical Manasseh
15
The Historical Manasseh
73
The Distortion of Manasseh
121
The Biblical Portrayal of Child Sacrifice
141
The Historical Reality of Child Sacrifice
207
The Distortion of Child Sacrifice
301
Conclusions
317
Bibliography
323
Indexes
371
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D.Phil. thesis under the supervision of Dr Paul M. Joyce, Oxford/Great Britain.

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