Centrality Practiced (Archaeology and Biblical Studies) by Knowles, Melody D.

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6 Sacrifice in Nehemiah The book of Nehemiah mentions the practice of sacrifice only twice. It is first mentioned by Sanballat, who, with his army of Samaria, mocked the community engaged in building the walls of Jerusalem: “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore things? ” (Neh 3:34). Sanballat’s question implies that the community was not sacrificing up until that point and that sacrifice was somehow dependent upon the building of the city walls. The relation of walls to sacrifice is strengthened with the realization that the only recorded act of sacrifice in Nehemiah is at the dedication of these walls.

Beuken, Haggai—Sacharja 1–8. Studien zur Überlieferungsgeschichte der frühnachexilischen Prophetie (Assen: Van Gorcum, 1967). 5. ” VT 14 (1964): 1–6. Relevant texts include Judg 2:20; Jer 5:9, 29; 9:8; Mal 3:9. 6. Another example of the parallel use of the terms (although not in a context of divine disfavor) is Ps 33:12. 7. Such an interpretation means that the subject of Hag 2:14 would be the same as that of the following verses, Hag 2:15–19. Some have argued that Hag 2:15–19 is a later gloss, or transposed from its original position after Hag 1:14, but Klaus Koch, in his article “Haggais unreines Volk,” ZAW 79 (1967): 52–66, argues that the whole of Hag 2:10–19 is a single oracle of salvation.

2 Animal Sacrifice in Archaeological Excavation Many cultic installations in the ancient Near East are marked by specialized architecture such as benches, raised platforms, and plastered drains, and/or by cultic accoutrements or votive gifts such as statuettes. 45 41. 5 m), oriented east–west, was found. Along the longer walls were benches made of plastered fieldstone, 20 cm high and 30–40 cm wide, probably used for votive objects. The opening was at one of the narrow ends, and at the other end was a raised platform, probably where cult objects were placed.

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