By Alberdina Houtman, Marcel Poorthuis, Joshua Schwartz, Yossi Turner
Sacrifice is a widely known kind of ritual in lots of international religions. even supposing the particular perform of animal sacrifice was once principally abolished within the later background of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, it truly is nonetheless recalled via biblical tales, the ritual calendar and neighborhood occasions. The essays during this quantity talk about a few of the positions concerning the price of sacrifice in a wide selection of disciplines comparable to heritage, archaeology, literature, philosophy, paintings and gender and post-colonial stories. during this context they study a big selection of questions referring to the 'actuality of sacrifice' in a variety of social, old and highbrow contexts starting from the pre-historical to the post-Holocaust, and current new understandings of a few of the main delicate issues of our time.
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But how is the act itself performed? Indeed, this is only one of many missing details. Scholars differ considerably over whether the offering-torot contain such details or not. ’ Yet in the same volume, we also read: ‘Absolutely nothing is recorded in Leviticus about how animals were slaughtered or about the tools used in the process’ (Levine 1989, xxxix). We thus turn now to addressing this ambiguity in the perception of the text and the role that gaps play in it. In order to make some general remarks on the genre of the offering-torot, I will return to the question of this article’s subtitle.