However, the actual discovery o… Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. The bodies of people aged around 11 and up were arranged in bizarre positions in and around a large stone tomb. In Abraham’s birthplace Ur, religious rituals included human sacrifice. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Read Later. Hassett led the research into Bronze Age cemetery Başur Höyük in Turkey. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. "It has been suggested that practicing human sacrifice was one of the ways that complex civilizations like the one that rose up in Mesopotamia consolidated their power," she added. Some remains show evidence of stab wounds, but researchers aren't sure how all of the individuals lost their lives. You can also change some of your preferences. Abraham and his extended family worshiped “other gods” (Josh. [3] Later, Abraham moved to Haran, not far from other sites where human sacrifices have been uncovered from the same age in which Abraham lived (see ANE Human Sacrifices). It’s no surprise that by the end of the novel, Lord Peter has uncovered the missing facts and proven Harriet was framed. You have 4 free articles remaining this month, Sign-up to our daily newsletter for more articles like this + access to 5 extra articles. He knows Harriet, so he believes in her innocence, and his logic has a steel to match the prosecutor’s case. [ 2] One pit had over seventy human sacrifices elaborately arrayed. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Did Rachel Held Evans miss cultural facts about the binding of Isaac and human sacrifice? These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. 24:2). Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. by Rokcet Scientist » Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:28 pm, Post During Sir Charles Leonard Woolley’s excavation of Ur from 1922 to 1934, any burial without a tomb chamber was given the name ‘death pit’ (known also as ‘grave pits’). We need 2 cookies to store this setting. Answering Rachel Held Evans, Part 3, Does God’s Motive Matter? One male had violent injuries to his hip and head, similar to wounds reconstructed from other Mesopotamian ritual sacrifices. One of the most startling excavations from Ur is the so-called “Royal Cemetery” with its pits containing human sacrifices, most of them adults. If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. by archaeo » Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:36 pm, Post In fact, they considered it an act of great piety. Show us your photos of archaeological sites! Just as the police jumped to conclusions about Harriet Vane’s guilt before they had all the facts, so we can jump to conclusions about God’s guilt in this story before having all the facts, as Evans’s blog post appears to do. In other archaeology news, researchers recently discovered the remains of a limping man taken down by a fallen block in a last-ditch escape attempt from Ancient Pompeii during the 79 A.D. eruption of Versuvius. [2] One pit had over seventy human sacrifices elaborately arrayed. I would fail Abraham’s test (and I bet you would too), Did Rachel Held Evans miss cultural facts re: Abraham & Isaac? Rachel Held Evans asserts that if God did not mean for Abraham to protest and the story is historically accurate, then God is a deity who “does evil things” that “look like abuse” such that “our moral compass is rendered totally unreliable.” But the cultural facts tell us something different. This is the latest find from new excavations which have revealed a horse and a child. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Now, Evans does say the story “makes a bit more sense in its ancient Near Eastern context.” But she neither explains that context nor tells why she considers it insufficient. In the next post, we’ll examine a fact whose significance is often overlooked. The ruins of the ancient city of Ur can be found in the desert of southern Iraq. Now, the question remains, if the story is historically accurate, does it make God into a deity who “does evil things” that “look like abuse” such that “our moral compass is rendered totally unreliable”? Throughout the ancient Near East by this time, people believed that deities were behind the forces of nature. The police had jumped to the wrong conclusion on watertight-seeming evidence that was actually incomplete. Answering Rachel Held Evans, Part 1, What Made Abraham Different? Their gods demanded the … ~ Alexander Pope, ↳   Mythology, Ritualisms, Traditions and Folklore. Something is definitely wrong. The challenge is to find the missing facts that change the picture entirely. Then the Lord God provided a ram to show that this God was different: This God did not want humans sacrificing humans. Archaeologists have uncovered evidence that at least 11 children and young people were killed as a result of ritualistic sacrifice between 3100 and 2800 B.C.E. One of the most startling excavations from Ur is the so-called “Royal Cemetery” with its pits containing human sacrifices, most of them adults. The Great Death Pit of Ur: Mass Human Sacrifice in Ancient Mesopotamia. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. Register for Discovering Hope in the Psalms | Online, Discovering Hope in the Psalms | Sessions, Register for Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament | Online, Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament | Sessions, Register for Discovering Joy in Philippians | Online, Discovering Joy in Philippians | Sessions. by Rokcet Scientist » Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:33 pm, Post by circumspice » Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:42 pm, Post Just as Lord Peter knew Harriet enough to trust her and search for the missing facts he knew had to exist, so many Christians know God well enough to trust him until the missing facts come in; Evans readily admits that she is not in such a place of trust yet. Shoving a pike into someone's head does seem like an effective way to kill them, though. Some product links are affiliate links for which I receive a small commission, but all are for products I fully endorse (such as my books!). Answering Rachel Held Evans, Part 2. He knows Harriet, so he believes in her innocence, and his logic has a steel to match the prosecutor’s case. Or, they emptied brains as part of mummification. Abraham offered the ram as a sacrifice and called the name of the place, “The Lord will provide.”.