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Centrality Practiced by Knowles, M.D.

By Knowles, M.D.

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40 Extra-Jerusalem sacrifice is also included in the account of Ahaz, although here again the report differs from that found in Kings. ” The Chronicler adds a notice that Ahaz encouraged offerings outside Jerusalem: “In every city of Judah he made high places to make offerings (r+ql) to other gods” (2 Chr 28:25). Yet, according to Kings, Ahaz built an altar according to the design of the altar at Damascus and placed this before the temple, and offered “his burnt offering and his grain offering and poured his drink offering, and dashed the blood of his offerings of well-being against the altar” (2 Kgs 16:10–14).

17 Namely, any kind of worship involving iconographic representations of the deity in Babylonia is unsanctioned and ultimately powerless. Although some circles asserted that YHWH was once present in Babylonia (Ezek 1), after YHWH “returned to Jerusalem” in Zech 1:16, the prophet’s visions proclaim that there will be no subsequent migration of the deity outside Jerusalem. The book of Zechariah claims that YHWH’s cult is centered in the one city alone. 18 Yet Jerusalem is the only legitimate cult center.

David J. A. ”8 Yet Hag 2:14b indicates that the unclean work is not everything that the people do; according to the text, the cause of the uncleaness is the act of making offerings at some unnamed locale (“what they offer there is unclean”). Similar to Jer 32:30–35, where one of the “work[s] of their hands” (Mhydy h#(m) includes the erection of high places of Baal in order to sacrifice their children to Molech, the “work” in Haggai seems to be a cultic transgression. A problem remains in identifying the “there” where the sacrifice takes place.

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