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

April 13, 2016
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How Was Royal Power Expressed In The Iron Age?

By Fehmida Shah The early states of Iron Age Levant invested a great deal in the ideological justification of kingship through various representational means. Propaganda methods were used to ensure that there was ‘a set of symbolic forms by which … Continue reading

December 5, 2015
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Was Qumran a religious or a secular community?

The site of Qumran was originally settled in the mid-8th century BCE and there are traces of walls and a large cistern from that date. In around 130 BCE the site was reoccupied, the water conservation system expanded and a … Continue reading

November 10, 2015
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High Places, Altars and the Bamah

High Places, Altars and the Bamah The open-air altar shrine, called a bamah (plural bamot), is known through several books of the Biblical canon—but none more so than the Book of Kings, where they play a prominent role in assessing … Continue reading

November 10, 2015
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Asherah and the Asherim: Goddess or Cult Symbol? Exploring the Biblical and archaeological evidence

Asherah and the Asherim: Goddess or Cult Symbol? Exploring the Biblical and archaeological evidence Who is Asherah? Or perhaps, what is asherah?1 The Hebrew means “happy” or “upright” and some suggest “(sacred) place.” The term appears 40 times in the … Continue reading

November 5, 2015
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King David A Biography By STEVEN L. McKENZIE Oxford University Press

Was There a King David? Extrabiblical Sources “Do we, the late-born, really know anything at all about someone who lived in the past?” —Grete Weil, The Bride Price     The November 21, 1997, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education … Continue reading