Chapter

In the Beginning: Origins and Originating Questions

P. R. S. Moorey

in Idols of the People

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780197262801
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734526 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197262801.003.0001

Series: Schweich Lectures on Biblical Archaeology

In the Beginning: Origins and Originating Questions

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This chapter discusses terracottas and Old Testament study and looks at two paradigm shifts in recent scholarship in the origins of Israelite religion and in cognitive archaeology. It next turns to examine some conceptual hazards with regard to toys, magic and fertility. Finaly clay and cuneiform texts in terms of inscribed terracottas in ancient Mesopotamia are discussed and the value of broad and extended perspectives are given. Finally the chapter looks at contrasting terracotta repertories in the areas of Canaan, Israel and Judah.

Keywords: terracottas; Old Testament; Israelite religion; cognitive archaeology; ancient Mesopotamia; Canaan; Israel; Judah

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Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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