Interpreting Judean Pillar Figurines: Gender and Empire in Judean Apotropaic Ritual

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Judean pillar figurines are one of the most common ritual objects from Iron II Israel. These small terracotta females have received a great deal of scholarly attention, appearing in discussions about Israelite religion, monotheism, and women's practice. Yet the figurines are still poorly understood. Modern interpreters connect the figurines with goddesses, popular religion, and females but often base their arguments on the presumed significance of the figurines' breasts and the Hebrew Bible. In contrast, archaeological ...

Interpreting Judean Pillar Figurines: Gender and Empire in Judean Apotropaic Ritual 2014, Mohr Siebeck, Tuebingen

ISBN-13: 9783161524929

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