• The Forgotten Female Figurines of Elephantine

    Author(s):
    Collin Cornell (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Ancient Jew Review, Biblical Studies, Hebrew Bible / Old Testament
    Subject(s):
    Elephantine, Early Judaism, Egyptian art, Old Testament, Hebrew bible
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/h6s4-gq62
    Abstract:
    In spite of renewed scholarly interest in the religion of Judeans living on the island of Elephantine during the Persian period, only one recent study has addressed the religious significance of the fired clay female figurines discovered there. The present article seeks to place these objects back on the research agenda. After summarizing the history of research, it also makes a new appraisal of the role of these objects in the religious life of Elephantine Judeans. Two factors prompt this reevaluation: first, newly found examples of the same figurine types; and second, Bob Becking’s recent research on Elephantine Aramaic texts attesting the phenomenon of “lending deities.”
    Notes:
    It is housed on the website of the Tam Institute of Jewish Studies at Emory University: http://www.js.emory.edu/documents/CORNELL,%20forgotten%20female%20figurines%20from%20elephantine.pdf
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 months ago
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