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Isaac As The Lamb Of God: A Hermeneutic Crux In The Re-Reading Of Jewish Texts

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The Elohistic story in Chapter 22 is the third time that the story of Abraham's covenant with God is told in Genesis. If Jewish tradition can plausibly claim to have rejected the notion of child sacrifice, Christianity has embraced it with a passion. Christ fulfils the anticipated resurrection by assuming the role, simultaneously, of the victim who is sacrificed and the priest who offers the sacrifice. According to this chapter, myths of child sacrifice including stories about a child of God who dies to be reborn are always deeply problematic. In general, the Binding of Isaac is most often represented by both Jewish and Christian expositors as a crucial lesson for Abraham in absolute trust. The author hopes that by focusing attention on the Akedah he might gain some insight into the psychic and spiritual forces that drive human beings to a perennial orgy of bloodletting.

Keywords: Abraham; Akedah; Binding of Isaac; child of God; child sacrifice; Christian theology; Elohistic story; Genesis; Jewish tradition



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