Animal sacrifice in Greek paganism, Judaism, and Christianity in the period c. 100 BC to 200 CE.
The author gives a vivid account of the realities of animal sacrifice in the Greek East and in the Jerusalem Temple before turning to examine early Christians' attitude towards this practice. Against earlier scholars, she argues that the process by which Christianity finally rejected animal sacrifice was a slow and difficult one - and details how and why this came about. This is an important work in the study of religions of the ancient Mediterranean, and in understanding some of the less pleasant aspects of late Paganism.
Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2009. Paperback, 336 pages. New.