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Isn't it true modern archaelogical evidence has been found that mmay support the Old Testament claims that the ancient Israelities sometimes went astray from the One God, Yahweh, and sacrificed children in fire to the God, Moloch, and while in Canann worshipped the poles of the Mother God, Asherah?

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Archaeologists have found evidence of pagan gods in ancient Israel.  Pagan worship antedated the confederation of the Twelve Tribes of Israel; its continuation was a serious violation of the Covenant.   
Concerning child sacrifice, recall the episode of Abraham and Isaac.  Interestingly, the site of Moloch worship near Jerusalem in the valley of Hinnon [Gehenna] later became the site of a city dump for burning trash.

Again, Charles, best wishes and thanks for the inquiry.

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Catholic dogma, especially as related to Scripture. I have a doctorate in biblical theology [University of St. Thomas, Rome]. I do not answer questions concerning personal moral situations -- ones dealing with right and wrong [sin].

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I have taught Catholic thought in grade and high schools, and in college and universities.

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Catholic Biblical Association

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Catholic Biblical Quarterly, The Bible Today.

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Graduate degrees in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, in scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas; all in Rome

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