Saturday, March 03, 2007

Sacrificing sheep in Jerusalem

Cambridge University classics professor Mary Beard recently suggested that today's Hellenic Pagans were inauthentic because they did not sacrifice animals.

Set aside the Pagans for a moment. What about Jews?

A small but controversial movement in Israel wants to revive Temple-based religion, including sacrifice.

The present-day Sanhedrin Court decided Tuesday to purchase a herd of sheep for ritual sacrifice at the site of the Temple on the eve of Passover, conditions on the Temple Mount permitting.

The comments on the article pretty well represent a spectrum of Jewish religious squabbling, from the ultra-orthodox who think that the state of Israel is an affront to their god, to those who think that sacrifice is "cruelty to animals" and those who think that it is not, to those who just want to kick the Muslims off the Temple Mount. Oy vey!

Via Mirabilis.

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Blogger prairie mary said...

Couldn't they just gather up all the dead and torn up people around there and stack them on the altar? Then they would not have died for nothing.

Prairie Mary

8:46 PM  
Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...

Yes, but you are forgetting that the meat of sacrificial animals is generally eaten.

Among the ancient urban Greeks, the only time they usually got red meat was following a sacrifice, which made it much more psychologically "heavy" than fish.

Rural people, Jews or whatever, could kill the fatted calf and eat it without a full-blown ceremony, I suppose.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Depends if the sacrifice was a communal barbecue which was shared with the gods, or a total burnt offering.

Here's an Ancient sacrificial practices article if you're interested.

4:57 AM  

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