| 143 who, like Prylucki and his Folkists, have been required again and again to reshape their peripheral place against the backdrop of an often hostile center. Jess Olson Yeshiva University sacRifice, scRiPtuRe, anD suBstitution: ReaDinGs in ancient JuDaism anD chRistianity Edited by Ann W. Astell and Sandor Goodhart. Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity 18. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2011. 475 pp. I first encountered the work of René Girard as a graduate student in a course on ritual, and I remember being intrigued by the theorist's background in literary criticism and the ease with which his work could be used to analyze biblical descriptions of ritual and particularly depictions of violence and sacrifice. Revisiting Girard's work and critical appropriations of his theory in biblical interpretation for the purposes of reviewing this book for Shofar was a welcomed opportunity. Sacrifice, Scripture, and Substitution advances the conversation well beyond where it was thirty years ago when James Williams published The Bible, Violence, and the Sacred (1992). This collection of twentyone essays, along with a substantive introduction by the editors, presents readers with a richly textured and highly rewarding look into the many and varied contours of
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
Published: Oct 23, 2013
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