NEW VIDEO: “Herem & Human Sacrifice: Response to Luis on Deuteronomy 13”

The 4th and last video response (for now) to Christian apologist Luis Dizon and company on “herem” being a form of human sacrifice will deal with Deuteronomy 13 and the destruction of an entire Israelite city in which just one person is guilty of idol worship. I have argued that the city and its people were sacrificed to Yahweh as part of the “herem”. Luis claims that only the “spoil” (the material goods such as treasure) was “sacrificed”. We will see that Luis is clearly mistaken.

4 thoughts on “NEW VIDEO: “Herem & Human Sacrifice: Response to Luis on Deuteronomy 13”

  1. mr.heathcliff

    since mr woody involved bart ehrman in this, it appear to me that ehrman is kind of agreeing with faiz

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    BDEhrman August 29, 2021 at 11:49 am – Reply
    Interesting question. I don’t think sacrificioal language is used for the slaughter of the outsiders in Joshua, but I need to think about it. The interest is less in making them an offering pleasing to God than to get rid of them so as not to be bad influences on the Israelites. On the other hand, they and all their stuff are “dedicated to God,” so maybe it is a kind of sacrifice. Interesting.

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    1. mr.heathcliff

      “The interest is less in making them an offering pleasing to God… ”

      Niditch remarks on page 32 of the paperback edition:

      One of the closest simplest biblical parallels to the above excerpt from the Mesha Inscription is offered by Num 21:2-3. Israel confronts the Canaanite enemy, the king of Arad and his forces who have already taken some Israelites captive. Israel makes a vow, the real thrust of which is obscured by the NRSV. Compare the NRSV and then our translation: “Then Israel made a vow to the Lord and said, ‘If you will indeed give this people into our hands, then we will utterly destroy their towns.'” Why should such a vow of wanton destruction please the deity? Rather Israel promises something for something, a deal that the deity presumably cannot resist–not wanton, meaningless destruction but an offering for his use and devotion…Israel is promising a sacrifice to God, the cities and their content. So the Moabite king had promised his enemies to his deity.


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