Unless drastic action is taken with the ruling party at the forefront, South Africa will continue to sacrifice its children to Molech
Note the prevalence of the enigmatic Molech and Baal in the denunciations (Leviticus 20:2-6; Jeremiah 19: 1-3).
Bergmann, In the Shadow of Molech: The Sacrifice of Children and its Impact on Western Religions (New York: Columbia University Press, 1992), p.
It may be for this reason that Hand is associated with Molech
of Moloch, the god to whom children were sacrificed: "The night falls thick Hand comes from Albion in his strength / He combines into a Mighty-one the Double Molech
& Chemosh." (82)
The OT clearly forbids "lying with a man as with a woman." In the same paragraph (Lev 18:19-23) are also forbidden sex with a woman during her period, sexual relations with a kinsman's wife, sacrificing children to Molech
, and sexual relations with an animal.
* Concerning child sacrifice, see II Kings 3:26-27 and the prohibition of sacrificing children to Molech
in Leviticus 18:21; Deuteronomy 18;9-10; Jeremiah 7:30-31,19:4-5.
Conversely, texts obviously assume greater value when considering the specific language used by the ancients themselves to describe the dead or their attendant powers (met/metim, repa'im, nesama, ruah, peger, gewiyya, and others), burial and mourning customs (mourning rituals, dress codes, symbolic acts, etc.), the psychology of fear (manifested in acts of desecration and the belief that the dead can speak from beyond the grave), purity codes, inheritance patterns, conceptions of the underworld, as well as the role of certain deities within the beliefs and practices of ancient Israel (Molech
and child sacrifice).
, to whom children were sacrificed in the Old Testament, was the name of a deity and not the name of a kind of sacrifice (contrary to Eissfeldt).
Blake mentions the "Valley of the Jebusite" in Jerusalem (68:23), and at the "high places" of this terrible place children were burned in the fiery furnaces of Molech
, a Heathen God of sacrifice.
In the Snake Text (KTU 1.100) the gods are summoned in hierarchical order from their dwellings and the eighth deity invited to take a seat and exorcise the snake venom is none other than MLK (the biblical Molech
) who dwells at ttrt, Ashtarot.