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I AM MOLOCH. Art is open to interpretation.

"...As noted especially by WEINFELD (1972) the context (forbidden sexual relations) led some of the rabbis to propose that the cult of Molech entailed not sacrifice, but intercourse with Gentile women. WEINFELD
builds on this point and others to propose a non-sacrificial interpretation of the cult. such that "to cause to pass through the fire to Molech" meant dedication to the deity, but not sacrifice; most scholars. however,
remain persuaded that actual sacrifice by fire was involved, especially given Num 31:23, where he'ebir bd'eS clearly entails burning. The four instances of Molek in Lev 20:25 move the discussion forward. First. the
reference to the cult in v 5 as "playing the harlot after Molech" (liznot 'ahfire ham-molek) presents a significant obstacle to the Eissfeldt hypothesis, that Molech is not a divine name in the OT. ... "

Moloch Matthew Unknown, Gold River, Canada

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