Molech


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Related to Molech: Baal, Ashtoreth, Chemosh, Bohemian Grove
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god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom parents sacrificed their children

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Molech demanded the sacrifice of children (18:21); the LORD demands, "You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin .
Later, Zephaniah would insist that God had to concentrate now on Judah and Jerusalem because, as Podhoretz writes, they had been "so thoroughly infected by idolatry of every kind--Baalism, astral worship and child sacrifice dedicated to the god Molech.
IN the ancient Middle East stood a towering metal statue of the god Molech, the abomination of Ammon.
With respect to racial justice, the death of Stephen Lawrence signals that we cannot continue business as usual -- no more obeisance to the Molech of abstraction, good ideas and paper policies -- rather, we must all recognize with Martin Luther King Jr that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, and renew our covenant to do something about it.
Because these denunciations assume that the recipient of the offering is the enigmatic Molech or Baal, and not the God of Israel, their relevance to the aqedah may be less than optimal.
The name is derived from the Canaanite God of fire, Molech, to whom children were offered in sacrifice and whose worship by the Israelites is condemned in Leviticus, 1 and 2 Kings, Jeremiah, Amos and Ezekiel: "Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and daughters whom thou hast borne unto me, and these thou hast sacrificed unto them to be devoured.
Moloch, or Molech, is certainly a name in the Bible, but it is not the name of a god.
In Part I, `A Father's Gift', Levenson argues that child sacrifice in Canaanite and Punic cultures was not sharply distinguishable from the Bible's Molech cult and law of the first born, and that subsequent sublimations simply point to the original legitimacy of sacrificing the first born in Israel.