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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Domestication of Sacrifice

Day Topic Texts: Aug 30 Introductions
Sep 6
Sacrifice in Modern Culture
Sources: Benito Mussolini, "What is Fascism?" Franklin D. Roosevelt, "A Call for Sacrifice" Supreme Court Ruling on Santeria Animal Sacrifices Culture: -Bellah, "Civil Religion in America" -Draper & Thomas, "Sacrifice" and "Sacrifice in Bible Times" -Garber & Zuckerman, "Why do we call the Holocaust 'The Holocaust'?" -Moosa, "Sacrifice" -Yerkes, Sacrifice, chap. 1 Jay, Throughout Your Generations Forever, Introduction & chap. 8. Theory: -Smith, The Religion of the Semites, lectures 6, 8, 10. Reports: Frazer, The Golden Bough or Smith, The Religion of the Semites
Sep 13
Rennaissance and Early Modernity:
Sources: John Knox, “A Vindication of the Doctrine that the Sacrifice of the Mass is Idolatry”, esp. 2nd syllogism. Council of Trent, "Doctrine on the Sacrifice of the Mass", "Canons on the Sacrifice of the Mass" Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, act 1, scene 1. "A Blood Libel Cult: Anderl von Rinn" Culture: -Shuger, Renaissance Bible, chap. 2. -Georgourdi, "Sanctified Slaughter in Modern Greece" Theory: -Hubert & Mauss, Sacrifice, pp. 1-18, 50-60, 95-105. Reports: Shuger, Renaissance Bible or Hubert & Mauss, Sacrifice
Sep 20
Europeans in Meso-America
Sources: de Sahagun, General History 1-4, 11-12, 42-56, 78-90 del Castillo, Discovery and Conquest 187-96, 433-39 Culture: Arnold, Eating Landscape, chap. 3 Carrasco, City of Sacrifice, chap. 5 Theory: Freud, Totem and Taboo, chap. 4. Reports: Freud, Totem and Taboo
Sep 27
Yom Kippur
No Class
Oct 4
Middle Ages: Islam, Judaism, Christianity
Sources: Gregory I, Letter to Abbot Mellitus Quran 22:28,30,34-37 (3 parallel translations) & Hadith on Sacrifice Culture: -Chazan, European Jewry, chap. 4. Theory: -Bataille, Theory of Religion, chap. 3. Reports: *Combs-Shilling, Sacred Performances or Bataille, Theory of Religion
Oct 11
Late Antiquity: Jews, Christians, & Pagans
Sources: Diocletian: Edicts Against The Christians "Certificate of Having Sacrificed to the Gods" Prohibition on Selling Christians to Pagans for Sacrificial Rites Julian and the Jews 361-363 CE Culture: -Daly, “The Power of Sacrifice" O'Donnell, "The Demise of Paganism" Theory: -Detienne, "Culinary Practices and the Spirit of Sacrifice," 13-20. Reports: *Detienne & Vernant, Cuisine of Sacrifice
Oct 18
Early Christianity
Sources: New Testament: Mark 8:34-37; 9:2-8; 14:1-15:47; John 1:29-34; 3:16-21; 6:1-71; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; 10:14-33; 11:23-32; Hebrews 5:1-10; 7:11-28; 9:1-10:31; Revelation 4:1-6:17 Gospel of the Ebionites, esp. last 2 paragraphs. Didache, chaps. 13-14. Culture: Chilton, "The Sacrifice of Jesus" -Young, Use of Sacrificial Ideas, chap. 4. Theory: Girard, "Generative Scapegoating," Violent Origins 73-145 Reports: Girard, The Girard Reader
Oct 25
Hellenism and Second Temple Judaism
Sources: Livy 8.9-10, 10.27-29 and 10.38. Accounts of Personal Religion -Burkert, Homo Necans 1-12 Apocrypha/Deuteroncanon: 1 Maccabees 1-2, 2 Maccabees 7 -Miqzat Ma`ase ha-Torah, in Texts and Traditions -"Elephantine Temple Papyrus," in Texts and Traditions Culture: -North, "Sacrifice and Ritual: Rome" -Lincoln, “The Druids and Human Sacrifice” Twyman, “The Celts and Roman Human Sacrifice” Theory: Burkert, "The Problem of Ritual Killing" in Violent Origins 149-88 -Lincoln, “Sacrificial Ideology and Indo-European Society.” Reports: Burkert, Homo Necans 1-82; and Burkert, Creation of the Sacred ix-55, 102-155.
Nov 1
Sacrifice in the Iron Age: Greece
Sources: Homer, Odyssey, XI, 18-50 Hesiod, Theogony II, 507-560 Accounts of Hellenic Religious Beliefs Culture: -Jameson, "Sacrifice and Ritual: Greece" -Detienne, "Culinary Practices and the Spirit of Sacrifice," 1-13. -Detienne, "The Violence of Wellborn Ladies" Theory: J Z Smith, "Domestication of Sacrifice" in Violent Origins 191-235 -Ehrenreich, Blood Rites, 58-76. Reports: Ehrenreich, Blood Rites
Nov 8
Sacrifice in the Iron Age: Israel
Sources: Hebrew Bible: Exodus 13:11-16; Leviticus 1-11, 16-17; 1 Samuel 15; Isaiah 1:1-17; Jeremiah 7:1-34; Ezekiel 20:21-31; Micah 6:6-8 Culture: -Anderson, “Sacrifice and Sacrificial Offerings (OT).” ABD 5:870-86 Theory: Jay, Throughout Your Generations Forever, chaps. 1-4, 7, 9-10 Reports: Maccoby, The Sacred Executioner
Nov 15
Sacrifice in the Iron Age: Israel & Phoenicia
Sources: Hebrew Bible: Genesis 4:1-26; 9; 22; Exodus 22:20, 29-30; Judges 11; 2 Kings 3:21-27 -Attridge & Oden, Philo of Byblos, 47-57, 62-63 "The Carthaginian Law of Sacrifices" Culture & Theory: Levenson, Death and Resurrection Reports: Eilberg-Schwartz, The Savage in Judaism, esp. chap. 5
Nov 22
Thanksgiving AAR/SBL in Denver
No Class If you are in Denver, check out: A56 Comparative St. in Religion: "Locating Sacrifice" Saturday 4:00-6:30 p.m. S19-40 "Scholarship of Jacob Milgrom" Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. S19-22 Joe Barnhart, "Toward a Framework for Viewing Sacrifices in Hebrew Scripture" Monday, 10:00 am S19-34 "Ritual Studies and the Hebrew Bible," Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Nov 29
Sacrifice in the Bronze Age?
Sources: -"The 'Aqhatu Legend," COS 1.103 -Gilgamesh 11.145-169 -Egyptian prayers for offerings Culture: -Berquist, “Bronze Age Sacrificial Koine" -Lambert, “Donations of Food and Drink" Theory: -Strenski, “...Sacrifice in the 90s.” -Nancy, "The Unsacrificeable" -Mizruchi, "Introduction," Science of Sacrifice -Robbins, “Sacrifice.” Reports: Mizruchi, Science of Sacrifice

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