Idols of the People: Miniature Images of Clay in the Ancient Near East

Hardcover | February 16, 2004

byP.R.S. Moorey

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These lectures investigate the numerous miniature baked clay images from Canaan, Israel and Judah (c. 1600-600 BC). They constitute vital evidence for the imagery and domestic rituals of ordinary people, but significantly are not explicitly mentioned in the Old Testament. These terracottas aretreated as a distinctive phenomenon with roots deep in prehistory and recurrent characteristics across millennia. Attention is focused on whether or not the female representations are worshippers of unknown deities or images of known goddesses, particularly in Early Israelite religion.

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These lectures investigate the numerous miniature baked clay images from Canaan, Israel and Judah (c. 1600-600 BC). They constitute vital evidence for the imagery and domestic rituals of ordinary people, but significantly are not explicitly mentioned in the Old Testament. These terracottas aretreated as a distinctive phenomenon with ro...

P.R.S. Moorey is Formerly Acting Director, Keeper of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:92 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:February 16, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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In the Beginning: Origins and Originating QuestionsTerracottas in Early Complex Societies: Sumer, Babylonia, Syria, Egypt, and Canaan (c. 3000-1150 BC)