THE AQEDAH IN THE NEW TESTAMENT – SACRIFICE, VIOLENCE AND HUMAN DIGNITY1

Jeremy Punt

Abstract


This paper examines the relationship between violence and human dignity in a
religious context where sacrifice, even if only at discursive level, is common. The New
Testament has two direct references to Gen 22, known as the Aqedah (binding of
Isaac), in Heb 11:17-19 and Jas 2:23, but possibly also various other allusions to the
Aqedah. In both direct references, and in line with the biblical and most of the
Christian (and also Jewish and Islam) tradition, the Aqedah is taken as positive
indication of Abraham’s faith. A brief investigation of the reception of the Aqedah in
the New Testament, leads to the consideration of its wider reach, particularly to what
extent sacrifice generally informs the relationship between violence and human dignity
in the New Testament. In doing so, the explicit and implicit consequences of this
narrative and sacrificial practices are shown to be multi-fold, wide-ranging and
ambiguous.

Keywords


Human Dignity, Aqedah, Sacrifice, Violence, Power, Gender

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/102-0-605

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