Carlos Segovia - Blood Sacrifice and Ritual Violence in the Bible and the Qur'anhttps://www.academia.edu/35140595/Blood_Sacrifice_and_Ritual_Violence_in_the_Bible_and_the_Quran_2020_Upcoming_Book
While present-day Jews, Christians, and Muslims put their emphases on the alleged peaceful nature of their respective faiths, their foundational texts directly and indirectly witness to, codify, and justify, the performance of ritual (i.e. non-circumstantial) violence, particularly blood sacrifice, in different contexts. The corresponding strategies thus set forth for the performance of ritual violence aim, respectively, at the ritual rejection of the other and both the ritual cleansing and the ritual transformation of oneself – including the core transformation of mortality into immortality in the New Testament, which is based on the elsewhere semantically unmatched, if formally paralleled in late-antique religion, death of a god. Equidistant from apologetic vindications and anti-religious denunciations alike, the present study uses an anthropology-of-religion approach in an attempt to typologyse and analyse such strategies and clarify their textual and contextual setting. Additionally, it shows that, their present-day claims notwithstanding and regardless of the adequacy and legitimacy of such claims in today’s world, where countering violence is undoubtedly an urgent need, Jews, Christians, and Muslims must responsibly reflect on, so as to better cope with, the violence inherent in the origins, the thought-word, and the practice of their own religious traditions.