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Animal Sacrifice in Ancient Greek Religion, Judaism, and Christianity,100 BC to AD 200 (Maria-Zoe Petropoulou) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2008) 9780199639359
Animal Sacrifice in Ancient Greek Religion, Judaism, and Christianity,100 BC to AD 200 (Maria-Zoe Petropoulou) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2008) 9780199639359
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Title: Animal Sacrifice in Ancient Greek Religion, Judaism, and Christianity,100 BC to AD 200

Author: Petropoulou, Maria-Zoe

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2008

Paperback; ISBN: 9780199639359

Volumes: 1; Pages: 348

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A study of animal sacrifice within Greek paganism, Judaism, and Christianity during the period of their interaction between about 100 B.C. and A.D. 200. After a vivid account of the realities of sacrifice in the Greek East and in the Jerusalem Temple (up to A.D. 70), Maria-Zoe Petropoulou explores the attitudes of early Christians towards this practice. Contrary to other studies in this area, she demonstrates that the process by which Christianity finally separated its own cultic code from the strong tradition of animal sacrifice was a slow and difficult one. Petropoulou places special emphasis on the fact that Christians gave completely new meanings to the term 'sacrifice'. She also explores the question why, if animal sacrifice was of prime importance in the eastern Mediterranean at this time, Christians should ultimately have rejected it.Table of Contents1. Approaching the Issue of Sacrifice2. Greek Animal Sacrifice in the Period 100 B.C. to A.D. 2003. From Greek Religion to Judaism: A Bridge4. Jewish Animal Sacrifice in the Period 100 B.C. to A.D. 2005. A Bridge Linking Greek Religion and Judaism to Christianity6. Christians and Animal Sacrifice in the Period up to A.D. 200Conclusions
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