December 23, 2016
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Pagan Yahwism: The Folk Religion of Ancient Israel

Pagan Yahwism: The Folk Religion of Ancient Israel By Ephraim Stern The Bible imagines the religion of ancient Israel as purely monotheistic. And doubtless there were Israelites, particularly those associated with the Jerusalem Temple, who were strict monotheists. But the … Continue reading

December 23, 2016
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Asherah and the Asherim: Goddess or Cult Symbol?

Exploring the Biblical and archaeological evidence   This four-tiered cult stand found at Tanaach is thought to represent Yahweh and Asherah, with each deity being depicted on alternating tiers. Note that on tier two, which is dedicated to Asherah, is … Continue reading

December 23, 2016
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The Cult of Asherah in Ancient Israel and Judah

Excerpt from The cult of Asherah in ancient Isreal and Judah By JUDITH M. HADLEY, Cambridge Universiry Press. In recent years archaeological discoveries have helped to shed some light on the goddess Asherah and her possible role in Israelite religion. … Continue reading

September 24, 2016
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A History of the Land and Archaeology of Gezer

by Taman Turbinton Tis the season for Biblical archaeology. The summer months mark the time when archaeologists and scholars from all over the world come to Israel to further explore and discover more information about the Biblical land. This article … Continue reading

September 20, 2016
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10th Century BCE Hebrew Inscription Found at Khirbet Qeiyafa

Ostracon from Khirbet Qeiyafa This summer an extraordinary Semitic inscription was found at Khirbet Qeiyafa. It was uncovered inside the fortified city, near the gate, lying on a floor level of a building. The city existed for a rather short … Continue reading