In this video the great scholar and adventurous archaeologist Dr. Aren Maeir takes us into a controversial question and that is "did the ancient Israelites practice human sacrifice?"
He discusses the sacrificial practices of their Canaanite and Phoenician neighbors and whether or not this could reflect anything on ancient Israel?
He discusses child sacrifice in ancient Judah during the Iron Age. And also discusses the biblical tradition surrounding the subject talking about for instance the mythic story of Abraham and Isaac and whether or not there was differing opinions on this controversial subject and what was the Old Testament authors trying to convey in their writings on this matter?
We also discuss was Jericho an offering to the Israelite God? Does King Saul and the slaughter of the Amalekites reflect a struggle between the Israelite Kingship and the Priesthood?
We also talk about how religion and violence were intermixed in the ancient world and how we can see that echo in our own time today.
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