Moloch: The Ancient God of Child Sacrifice
Tue, April 20, 2021

Moloch: The Ancient God of Child Sacrifice

 

Ancient societies have a fair share of odd rituals that many people practiced centuries ago. They often based their practices on their ancient gods. The cult of Moloch, for instance, had practiced child sacrifices, a ritual typically associated with people hoping for greater fertility for either a person or the land. Many experts have debated about the existence of this cult but even the Bible shows that there was indeed such a cult.

 

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Moloch is most frequently referred to in Leviticus. For instance, “Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel…that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death” in Leviticus 20:2 and “And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of they God: I am the LORD” in Leviticus 18:21.

 

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The 18th-century depiction of the Moloch has seven chambers or chapels, one of which was reserved for child sacrifices. While Masoretic text dates back to the Middle Ages, references to a Moloch appear in Ancient Greek translations of old Judaic texts also. In Schlomo Yitzchaki’s, a Medieval French rabbi, analysis of Book of Jeremiah 7:31, he painted a vivid picture of the sacraments of Moloch’s worship as related in the Hebrew texts:

“Topheth is Moloch, which was made of brass; and they heated him from his lower parts; and his hands being stretched out, and made hot, they put the child between his hands, and it was burnt; when it vehemently cried out; but the priests beat a drum, that the father might not hear the voice of his son, and his heart might not be moved.”

 

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According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, it was believed that the cult of Moloch had boiled children alive in the bowels of a big, bronze statue with the body of a man and the head of a bull. In the Hebrew Bible, offerings for the ancient god were to be reaped through either fire or war. 

 

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