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Idolatry

“We look forward to hearing your paper on why the gods must be fed the blood of sacrificial victims.”

Peter Berger
Jan. 24 2017 12:01AM

Why the northern kingdom provoked the prophets’ ire.

Ron E. Tappy
Jan. 24 2017 12:01AM

He built a wall, a tunnel, and a toilet.

Joshua Gelernter
Jan. 10 2017 12:01AM

The real message of the golden calf?

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
Dec. 13 2016 12:01AM

Banning Baal.

Hershel Shanks
April 8 2016 12:01AM

And does it raise doubts about the biblical account of his reign?

Dec. 10 2015 12:01AM

What does Jeremiah mean by “burn[ing] their sons and daughters.”

Ziony Zevit
Nov. 19 2015 12:01AM

On the destruction of ancient artworks.

April 8 2015 12:01AM

Archaeologists have uncovered a handful of synagogues from the talmudic period (ca. 70 – 600 CE), mostly in the northern parts of Israel. Some of. . .

Mike Rogoff
Jan. 28 2015 12:01AM

The Bible contains numerous references to Asherah or to “asherahs,” usually in the context of calls for their destruction or rebukes to those who worship. . .

Ellen White
Nov. 6 2014 12:01AM

The prophets repeatedly denounced their fellow Jews for worshiping at bamot (singular bamah), usually translated as “high places.” Yet other biblical passages seem to suggest. . .

Ellen White
Oct. 24 2014 12:01AM

An ancient game of dice—complete with idol worship—may be the source of the mysterious “Pur” lottery in the holiday of Purim. 

Binyamin Kagedan
March 11 2014 12:01AM

Why do so many ancient synagogue mosaics in Israel feature pagan symbols? (2012)

Walter Zanger
Dec. 5 2013 12:00AM

Does an ancient Aramean bull deity, depicted on an 8th-century B.C.E. stele, explain how Judaism came to adopt a lunar calendar?

Ilan Ben Zion
Nov. 19 2013 12:00AM