* Middle East, BC, King of Moab sacrifices his son to
Chemosh, as qouted from "God At War", by Gregory Boyd, page
118; primary source is the Bible:
"It can, however, apparently also work the other way, as
when the king of Moab inspired the wrath of Chemosh to burn
against Israel by sacrificing his son to him. Though Israel
had been routing the Moabites up to this point,they then had
to retreat quickly (2 Kings 3:26-27). If we allow the text
to stand on its own terms, if we do not dymythologize it
according to our modern Western assumptions, this text
certainly seems to assume the reality of the god Chemosh.
Indeed, the text also seems to assume the ability of the
Moabite king to influence, and perhaps even empower, this
demonic being through sacrificing his child; the text also
seems to assume the ability of Chemosh in this case to rout
Israel in battle."
Gideon's Bible reads:
" And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore
for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords
to break through even unto the king of Edom, but they could
Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his
stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall."
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