Figurines in Achaemenid Period Yehud: Jerusalem's History of Religion and Coroplastics in the Monotheism Debate

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Abstract

Were there figurines in Yehud during the Achaemenid period, and in particular in Jerusalem? A positive answer to this question disproves the general consensus about the absence of figurines in Yehud, which is built on the assumption that the figurines excavated in Judah/Yehud are chronologically indicative for Iron Age II in this area (aside from a few typological exceptions). Ephraim Stern and others have taken this alleged absence of figurines as indicative of Jewish monotheism’s rise. Izaak J. de Hulster refutes this ‘no figurines → monotheism’ paradigm by detailed study of the figurines from Yigal Shiloh’s excavation in the ‘City of David’ (especially their contexts in Stratum 9), providing ample evidence for the presence of figurines in post-587/586 Jerusalem. The author further reflects on the paradigm’s premises in archaeology, history, the history of religion, theology, and biblical studies, and particularly in coroplastics (figurine studies).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTübingen
PublisherMohr Siebeck
Edition1
Number of pages225
ISBN (Print)978-3-16-155550-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-16-155551-0
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeC1 Scientific book

Publication series

NameOrientalische Religionen in der Antike
PublisherTübingen
Volume26
ISSN (Print)1869-0513

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology
  • 615 History and Archaeology

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de Hulster, I. J. (2017). Figurines in Achaemenid Period Yehud: Jerusalem's History of Religion and Coroplastics in the Monotheism Debate. (1 ed.) (Orientalische Religionen in der Antike; Vol. 26). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
de Hulster, Izaak J. / Figurines in Achaemenid Period Yehud : Jerusalem's History of Religion and Coroplastics in the Monotheism Debate. 1 ed. Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck, 2017. 225 p. (Orientalische Religionen in der Antike).
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