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Human Sacrifice
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I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. New Testament

I. Religious Studies

In many cultures, human beings have been ritually killed with religious intent. Human sacrifice is a particular kind of sacrifice, differing from other types only in the special nature of the victim; therefore any theory about human sacrifice must appear in the context of one of the many theories about the nature, purpose and meaning of sac…

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Wißmann, Hans, Day, John and Knöppler, Thomas, “Human Sacrifice”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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