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1. General

1.1. Words and Concept

The English words “sacrifice” and “offering” come from Lat. sacrificium and offero. Ger. Opfer goes back to Lat. operari, “be active.” The terms suggest an active relation to the reality concerned in the different religions. The various ways in which the relation is described may thus affect the concept.

Even though a distinction might arise between real and symbolic sacrifice, sacrifice is always at the heart of religion and widely influences human conduct in other spheres as well…

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Colpe, Carsten, Janowski, Bernd and Hahn, Ferdinand, “Sacrifice”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_S.9>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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