The Role Of Sacrifice In The Hebrew Bible

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Sacrifice is “an act of slaughtering an animal or person or surrendering a possession as an offering to God or to a divine or supernatural figure.” In the Hebrew Bible, Yahweh is always the designated receiver of Israelite sacrifice (Gilders). The ancient people were frightened by the power that God holds. God used forces of nature such as weather, volcanoes, thunder, hail, wind, fire, and diseases. When creating these natural forces he portrayed these forces of nature with personalities such as anger, jealousy, and vengeance (Yehuda). Whenever this happened the people thought that the only way to tame these forces was to sacrifice a human or animal in admission of guilt. The ancient people believe they could make the “Gods” go away by offering things they would be willing to give up (Yehuda). Genesis 22 Abraham sacrifices his son Isaac. “The sacrifice of Isaac put Abraham to his most agonizing test, a trial which he passed completely because of his total faith in God” (D'Ambrosio). As Abraham grew up one thing he really…show more content…
At a young age his stepbrothers kicked him out of the house where he was living on the streets. As he grew he became a very strong fighter. Jephthah was asked by the elders of Gilead to lead them in war against the Ammonites who made war with the Israelites. When Jephthah agreed to fight for the Gilead he made a condition that if they were victorious over Ammon, he would be recognized as their head (BibleGateway). Jephthah made a rash vow to God that if God helped him be victorious over the Ammon, he would sacrifice the first thing that walks of of his house to greet him after the war. As Jephthah returned from the victory his only daughter walked out of the house to greet him. Jephthah was devastated to see his precious daughter as he came home. However he did keep his word and he told his daughter about his promise made with God and accepting of this promise she asked for two months before the

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