Sacrifice, from the Latin word meaning "to make holy," is commonly known as the practice of offering food, or the lives of animals or people, to the gods as an act of propitiation or worship. Biblical accounts of sacrifice begin with Cain's sacrifice of the fruit of the ground and Abel's sacrifice of the firstlings of his flock. In the New Testament, the symbol of Jesus as the sacrificial lamb is frequently employed. Which ancient culture discouraged the practice of animal sacrifice?
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Thomas Cranmer was the archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of the English kings Henry VIII and Edward VI. He promoted and proclaimed Henry's various marriages and divorces according to the king's will, and he endorsed the translation of the Bible into English. During Edward VI's reign, he shaped the doctrinal and liturgical transformation of the Church of England and was responsible for much of the first Book of Common Prayer. Why was Cranmer burned at the stake?
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In 1943, Ing$Kamprad founded the home furnishing retail chain IKEA. The acronym IKEA is made up of his initials, I.K., plus those of Elmtaryd, the farm where he was born, and Agunnaryd, a nearby village. As a boy, Kamprad earned a profit buying matches in bulk and reselling them individually. When he was 17, his father gave him a cash reward for performing well in school, and he used the money to establish IKEA. Where does Kamprad rank on Forbes' list of the world's wealthiest people?