Reading Guide Ritual and Judaism

Reading Guide Ritual and Judaism - Kessler, Chapter 6:...

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Kessler, Chapter 6: Ritual as Sacred Action 3-5 Key Terms: What do different scholars want to include under the concept of “ritual”? How does Kessler say he will define the term? (82-3) How does this compare to how he decided when an experience was a “religious experience”? What is the difference between Gastor’s and Smith’s interpretations of the Akitu ritual? (83-6) Try not to be too specific, but rather give a difference that reflects their differing conceptions of what we should take into consideration when we interpret rituals. What do you make of the situation during a ritual where poor members of the community are given power or gifts? What does Kessler say about that situation? (87) Sacrifice and Violence What does Kessler say about how people experience “the sacred”? (). What kind of memory is he talking about? Do you agree with him? How is sacrifice connected to religion? (94-95) What must a theory of sacrifice explain? (95) What theories of sacrifice does Kessler describe? Which theory of
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sacrifice do you think is convincing? Why?
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