I'm afraid this stuff was par for the course in that part of the world at the time, some of the local pagan nations did perform human & animal sacrifices to gods like Baal/Bel and the infamous Moloch. One of the reasons the Romans felt superior to the Carthagians and their middle eastern kin was that they could point at their sacrifice of children
Yup. That's all. Just showing the "holy scriptures" for what they are, warts and all. Mostly warts. Ah fuck it. It's basically a big wart with some nice things said by Jesus that were actually said in much better ways at least five hundred years before by Confucius.