SACRIFICE IN ISRAELITE VIS-À-VIS IGBO RELIGIONS: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS – Charles Okeke and Onukwube Alfred Anedo

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SACRIFICE IN ISRAELITE VIS-À-VIS IGBO RELIGIONS: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS
Charles Okeke, Ph.D.
Department of Christian Religious Studies
Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe
E-mail: charlesudokwu@gmail.com
+234 (0) 8032603078
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Ọnụkwube Alex Alfred Anedo, Ph.D.
Departmet of African & Asian Studies
Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka
onunedoal@yahoo.com +2348037859249

Abstract

Many people especially the Igbo of South-east Nigeria view themselves as descendants of the Jews; hence there are striking similarities in the characteristics and outlook of the Igbo man and the Israelites. Some view the Igbo as the lost tribe of Israel. Some of these views are based on the similarities of certain Igbo cultural practices with those of the Jews like, circumcision, confinement and purification of women for a specified period after childbirth, naming of a child after specific events like rituals, puberty rites and so on. On the other hand, some hold that the Igbo came under Egyptian influences. These views may be true but doubtful since there are no existing, contemporary documented and convincing records to prove the claims, and no intensive or extensive study has been carried out on the issue. The aim of this study therefore is to examine the concept of sacrifice in Israelite and that of the Igbo religions, with a view to finding out the relationship between them, if any, and whether they have the same origin.

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