Dagbladet’s Hans Fredrik Dahl says the Temple stank of offer fires, was soiled with blood, slime while there was a cacophony of bawling from frightened animals

And he cites Jose Saramago novel as proof for these claims.

Why pick on the Jews by presenting wild claims about the ancient practice of animal sacrifice, when, if he had wanted to be more specific, he could have used present day Spain, where bulls are being sacrificed on the altar of Mammon on a daily basis. I think Mr. Dahl should consider participating in the Pamplona bull race, where he might be invited to reflect on the difference of an abolished yet sacred rite and wholesale animal torture designed to please drunk macho twits.

But no, apparently the most relevant example of animal sacrifice can only be found in a fictional book

google translate, lifted from dagbladet.no

Why do we sacrifice ?
Sacrifice, sacrificing – an expression of gratitude, a celebration or a rite . What is the rationale for this oh so human action?
SUNDAY COMMENT : In this Christmas time is the idea of  a​​”victim” hovers just below the surface . We are encouraged to sacrifice the sweets , give up on the  gifts , and tighten the budgets . The more we celebrate and rejoice , the more we are encouraged to think vice versa. Let us seize this opportunity to reflect on the importance of sacrifice and sacrificing as a the basis for our culture.

For deep does it go , this idea of sacrificing certain things in certain ways , to ensure a safer future for themselves and others. To bring offerings are fundamental for all religious beliefs. this is readily appreciated in the book ” Greek and Roman Animal Sacrifice ” ( 2012) , which shows how important it was to put things on the altar, burn it and watch the smoke rise into the air – and then to eat whatever the flames did not devour be it  grain, meat, or prepared foods.

Why did they do it , Greeks , Romans , Jews – all those who founded our culture ? Yes , why is the sacrifice to higher powers a custom in use even today in countries that we consider near and dear ones? We ourselves do not offer sacrifices in the old way, we don’t believe in such things. Sacrifices to the higher powers are to us a matter of superstition, some sort of magic . But over the millennia , we have believed in it , and much of the past culture that we honor and admire as our own, are based on sacrifice , sacrifigium . Even when we are encouraged to sacrifice today , there are echoes of the old , which lies deep in our humanity .

So fundamental is this all time was , that anthropologists and scientists expect that kind of sacrifice as a rite – and a very common rite too. This means that it has been repeated and repeated , year after year , century after century, because people felt that something was wrong , or not quite right, if they did not gatherer for an annual sacrifice and dragged their prize calf or magnificent ram the altar to kill it, and then offer the animal heart or the precious innards on the fire – altar to see the smoke rise into the air.

Now – rituals we know . When we say ” it will not be Christmas without lutefisk ” or ” no summer without grilling on the porch ,” then we are in a sense in the powerful grip of the rituals . We have to do a certain thing to get that feel-good feeling. That it feels right, is reason good enough. The rituals maintain themselves, which is why they are rituals.

That the ancient Israelites sacrificed is well known . Exodus gives a detailed account in this respect , and lists the different types: burnt offerings , grain offerings , peace offerings , sin offerings, and so on . It is often said that Javhe religion built on a principle of humility , which made ​​it completely different from the surrounding religions and their customs. But the sacrifice on the altar was practiced throughout the Mediterranean region , among the Greeks and Romans , moreover, the east and the far north of Germania . Gods and magistrates could vary and altar serving different purposes, but the act itself was strangely similar over large areas. From Norse times have we of course lots of traces of sacrifice , just took it up in the Cultural Encyclopedia of the Medieval age , you’ll see . We were certainly not folding back in this sport. Many of the Christmas traditions that still live or lived until recently , arising from the rites around midwinter blot .

The Jewish animal sacrifice is especially known . The temple in Jerusalem was sprinkled with blood and mucus as an eternal bleating , whining noise , and bleating rose up where the poor animals were brought to the slaughter . A nauseating smell came over the Temple Mount because of all the fires . In José Saramago ‘s novel “Jesus Gospel ” is an incomparably scene where the main character is going to sacrifice his beautiful , snow-white little lamb – but backing off in disgust before this barbaric slaughter .

The early Christians would not sacrifice to the surrounding residents Greeks’ and Romans’ wrath. The Jews also joined with the destruction of the Temple in 70CE , when the temple cult became impossible to practice. The Christians developed instead Eucharist , one rite where the wine and bread are included as ” offerings “, carried forward in the churches today . But the Greeks and Romans were doing their slaughter , not to mention our own Nordic ancestors , until Christianity became general in Europe roughly between the years 400 and 800

Why did they sacrifice ? What is the reason that people thousands of years believed in this kind of contact with higher powers ? It is indeed a difficult question .

Some believe that the amelioration of god or deities is the main reason , and that sacrifice on the altar , a rite aimed at overcoming the fear of falling out of favor . The incense burned in many churches today , recalling the scents that rose into the sky like prayers to heaven. Others see the sacrifice as agricultural society magic to ensure good crops and animal fat . Who will not be on the safe side here? A third explanation lies in the community as the most places were part of the sacrifice : that the village people gathered together in an annual delight meal, or that the church united in communion , yes believe victim action is meaningful only as a contribution to the community. Robinson Crusoe had no need to sacrifice , even as religious he was.

God , crops or community enjoyment : There are good reasons for all the explanations why people of almost all ages have flocked to this rite . Sacrifices have a deep existential character , think of the ballet ” The Rite of Spring ,” which in Glen Tetlys choreography went to the Opera House last year . Stravinsky’s music is brutal , yet tender , pioneering and at the same ritual . No wonder it is considered the gateway to the 20th century modernism. Ambiguous , inexplicable – just as the sacrifice itself.

So therefore , we forsake our goods , whether we burn them at the stake or simply abstain from enjoying tin solidarity with the needy in the world. We forsake them , for many different reasons. Maybe it’s just multiplicity of motives that makes this act so human.

5 comments for “Dagbladet’s Hans Fredrik Dahl says the Temple stank of offer fires, was soiled with blood, slime while there was a cacophony of bawling from frightened animals

  1. martin
    January 2, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    any relative to the known self confessed Jew hater Roald Dahl.

    You know Prof, I am beginning to wonder whether the average Norsk folk have such a dark side to their lateral thinking. Is this time of year, the silly season for reporting? I would have thought the 2000 years of Christian sacrificial fest of Jewish people is still remembered so fondly by these cretins. Just how many Jews have been sacrificed to their God called Jesus? After ll, Judaism disallows human sacrifice, whereas official Christianity welcomes it. The Eastern church, the Catholic church and the Lutheran church all espouse the spilling of Jewish blood. It is after all, a distinct part of the Christian religion

    What a pity, they cannot look back to the likes of Orde Wingate, a Plymouth Brethren member. A highly religious Zionist Christian. I suppose, this type of Christian has always been a tiny minority and appear to now be a dying breed. No wonder Christianity is failing in Europe under the onslaught of the Islamic conquest

    Have a happy and read up on the history of Orde Wingate, a truly respected and loved Christian, whose name and memory will not be forgotten in the annals of Jewish/Israeli history.

  2. : )
    January 3, 2014 at 3:29 am

    Martin ; )

    Dahl is not Norwegian at all. He grew up in England, was to summer vacations in Norway, I always has thought of him that he solved his own problems by writing fiction stories to communicate it to others. I have read most of his books and seen the films, one don’t get like Dahl because of that ; )

    McG this is Cultural Christianity glasses of its best from Dagbladet ; ) So good to see that the project how to be a good Norwegian goes on. Keep up with the good mission ; )

    I really like your happy happy endings Martin ; ) All best and enjoy this cool Norwegian: http://aabelsuzanne.wordpress.com/

    McG, kriste I laught so much that I nearly pied on my self reading her blog ; ) She is just very lovely and sweet!

  3. : )
    January 5, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Krist McG,

    what a sharp pen Suzanne has:


    I am not defending the Arab excesses. I wish they had chosen the way of non-violence in resisting what they rightly regarded as an unwarrantable encroachment upon their country.

    As Ghandi as Moddi, peace men????? Make me laugh!

  4. martin
    January 5, 2014 at 6:11 am

    I read Ghandi’s biography.

    His main battle was against British colonialism and had strange ideas regarding the excesses of Hitler’s Germany believing that country’s holocaust of the Jews was no worse than the UK treatment of Indians.

    India is also a large sub continent with a sizeable Muslim minority. Millions of refugees went from one side to the other. Again proof that Muslims are unable to live peacefully as a minority anywhere in the world

    Norwegian the thought of Arab non violence is quite ridiculous. They are the thorn in one’s side, as predicted in the bible. So be happy that you are in Norway and in any Islamic dominated state, as your body will not be protected

  5. : )
    January 5, 2014 at 7:56 am


    I have just seen the movie about him. Do you remember the autor on the book you read?

    Have a happy, happy, happy day ; )

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