[Milton-L] Moloch et al

Stallard, Matthew stallard at ohio.edu
Tue Jan 28 22:23:39 EST 2014

I "think" that Diodorus Siculus connects Cronos with Moloch. I don't have _Diodorus of Sicily_ within reach.

Child sacrifice was a feature of the worship of the Ammonite god Molech mentioned in the OT who is quite possibly the same as the Carthaginian Moloch. See for example Leviticus 18:21. The Bishops Bible and the Douay-Rheims use the spelling "Moloch." In the Masoretic text the name is "Molech" but the Septuagint renders it "Moloch."

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Seems to me there is a fair bit of child sacrifice in the OT too. Including a tension between "literal" and other versions. Making Moloch interesting. jdf

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