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Review: Biblical molek Reassessed

Reviewed Work: The Cult of Molek. A Reassessment by George C. Heider
Review by: Diana Edelman
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 107, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 1987), pp. 727-731
DOI: 10.2307/603310
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/603310
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Abstract

In the ongoing debate about the meaning of the term mṓlek in the Bible, G. Heider has once again defended the position that the term represents a deity in all uses, presenting an expanded extra-biblical textual data base in his support. This article critiques his presentation, argumentation, and conclusions, and suggests that mlk had a more complex history of use than has been previously recognized, which may have embraced both meanings currently espoused, that of child sacrifice and that of deity name/epithet.

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