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    DescriptionFor many Westerners, the term sacrifice is associated with ancient, often primitive ritual practices. It suggests the death-frequently violent, often bloody-of an animal victim, usually with the aim of atoning for human guilt. Sacrifice is a serious ritual, culminating in a dramatic event. The reality of religious sacrificial acts across the globe and throughout history is, however, more expansive and inclusive. In Beyond Sacred Violence, Kathryn McClymond argues that the modern Western world's reductive understanding of sacrifice simplifies an enormously broad and dynamic cluster of religious activities. Drawing on a comparative study of Vedic and Jewish sacrificial practices, she demonstrates not only that sacrifice has no single, essential, identifying characteristic but also that the elements most frequently attributed to such acts-death and violence-are not universal. McClymond reveals that the world of religious sacrifice varies greatly, including grain-based offerings, precious liquids, and complex interdependent activities. Engagingly argued and written, Beyond Sacred Violence significantly extends our understanding of religious sacrifice and serves as a timely reminder that the field of religious studies is largely framed by Christianity.

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    Beyond Sacred Violence
    A Comparative Study of Sacrifice
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kathryn McClymond
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 232
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801887765
    ISBN 10: 0801887763

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.0
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    BIC subject category V2: HRLF, HRAC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET120
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/JUDAIC
    Ingram Subject Code: RY
    Libri: I-RY
    BISAC V2.8: HIS022000
    Ingram Theme: RELI/JUDAIC
    BISAC V2.8: REL040010
    B&T Approval Code: A31453000, A13100000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC039000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    DC22: 203/.4, 203.4
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    BISAC V2.8: REL032020, REL054000
    LC classification: BL570 .M39 2008
    Thema V1.0: QRAC, GBC, QRVJ1, NHC
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    Publication date
    01 July 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Kathryn McClymond is an associate professor of religious studies at Georgia State University.
    Review quote
    Excellent monograph. Choice 2008 A stimulating and persuasive case for the diversity, fluidity and interdependency of activities and comprising sacrifice. -- F. Stavrakopoulou Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 2009 Highly recommended. -- Nathan Carlin Religious Studies Review 2010