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Phenomenologies of Scripture$
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Adam Y. Wells

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823275557

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823275557.001.0001

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Sketch of a Phenomenological Concept of Sacrifice

Sketch of a Phenomenological Concept of Sacrifice

(p.44) Sketch of a Phenomenological Concept of Sacrifice
Phenomenologies of Scripture

Jean-Luc Marion

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In this chapter, Jean-Luc Marion uses the “sacrifice of Isaac” as a touchstone for philosophical reflection on the idea of “the gift.” Genesis 22 offers an important insight: if Abraham’s actions on Mount Moriah amount to a “sacrifice,” then sacrifice is neither tantamount to destruction—after all, Isaac was not killed—nor is it a form of economic exchange, as if Abraham owed Isaac to God as “counter-gift” in return for the God’s promise. Rather, the “sacrifice” of Isaac ultimately reveals that Isaac is a gift given by God.

Keywords:   Biblical Interpretation, gift, phenomenology, sacrifice of Isaac, theology

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