King Manasseh and Child Sacrifice: Biblical Distortions of Historical Realities (Hardcover)

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King Manasseh and Child Sacrifice: Biblical Distortions of Historical Realities (Hardcover)

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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.
D.Phil. thesis under the supervision of Dr Paul M. Joyce, Oxford/Great Britain.
Product Details ISBN: 9783110179941
ISBN-10: 3110179946
Publisher: de Gruyter
Publication Date: August 25th, 2004
Pages: 420
Language: English
Series: Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft