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Idols of the People: Miniature Images of Clay in the Ancient Near East (P R S Moorey) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2004) 9780197262801
Idols of the People: Miniature Images of Clay in the Ancient Near East (P R S Moorey) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2004) 9780197262801
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Title: Idols of the People: Miniature Images of Clay in the Ancient Near East

Author: Moorey, P R S

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2004

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780197262801

Volumes: 1; Pages: 102

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These lectures investigate the numerous miniature baked clay images from Canaan, Israel and Judah (c. 1600-600 B.C.). 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 are treated as a distinctive phenomenon with roots deep in prehistory. 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.Table of ContentsList of Plates Preface Acknowledgements I In the Beginning: Origins and Originating questions 1 Terracottas and Old Testament study 2 Two paradigm shifts in recent scholarship: in the origins of Israelite religion and in cognitive archaeology 3 Some conceptual hazards: toys; magic; fertility 4 Clay and cuneiform texts: inscribed terracottas in ancient Mesopotamia 5 Images and imagery: the value of broad and extended perspectives 6 Contrasting terracotta repertories: Canaan, Israel and Judah 7 Some primary considerations II Terracottas in Early Complex Societies: Sumer, Babylonia, Syria, Egypt and Canaan (c. 3000-1150 B.C.) 1 Contrasts in the terracotta imagery of Canaan, Israel and Judah 2 The emergence of nude female images in early urban societies in Sumer, (c. 3000-2100 B.C.) 3 The 'Nude Female' in Babylonia (c. 2100-1650 B.C.) 4 The migration of the one-piece open-mould technology to Syria 5 Terracotta imagery in Canaan and the Egyptian connection 6 Terracotta Plaques in Canaan during the Late Bronze Age (c. 1650-1150 B.C.) 7 The Canaanite terracotta legacy in the first millennium B.C. (Iron Age) III Terracotta Imagery in Israel and Judah under the Divided Monarchy (c. 925-586 B.C.) 1 Israelite goddesses: terracotta figurines 2 The Emergence of free-standing Terracottas in Israel and Judah 3 Two key contexts: Cave 1 (Ophel) in Jerusalem (Judah) and area E-257 in Samaria (Israel) 4 The repertory of Judean terracottas in the eighth and seventh Centuries B.C. 5 Closing comments Abbreviations Bibliography Index
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