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Bibil Identifier bibil:203849
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Yavneh I
Title (English, ) The Excavation of the 'Temple Hill' Repository Pit and Cult Stands
Editor Kletter, Raz
Editor Ziffer, Irit
Editor Zwickel, Wolfgang
Series Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis. Series Archaeologica (Volume: 30)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UPC 2395
Place 904(33)
Department Antiquité
Publishing house Academic Press
Place Fribourg
ISBN 978-3-7278-1667-3
Publishing house Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Place Göttingen
ISBN 978-3-525-54361-0
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xii Pages
297 Pages
176 plates Pages
height in cm 33
Genre Original
Notes With contributions by David Ben-Shlomo, Amir Corzalczany, Henk K. Mienis, Dvory Namdar, Ronny Neumann, Nava Panitz-Cohen and Steve Weiner
Abstract In the words of late Professor Moshe Kochavi, the Philistine repository pit at Yavneh is the kind of discovery made only once every fifty years. It is the richest repository pit ever found from Bronze and Iron Ages Israel/Palestine, containing thousands of cultic finds originating from a temple, including an unprecedented number – more than a hundred – of cult stands (so-called ‘architectural models’) carrying rich figurative art, dozens of fire-pans, chalices and other objects. The present volume includes the full publication of the excavation, the stratigraphy, the cult stands and the figures detached from cult stands, several clay and stone altars and some pottery vessels related to burning of plant material, most likely incense. This exceptional book raises a host of highly important and intriguing questions. Is this a favissa, or even a genizah? Why are many cult stands badly broken, while some are intact – were cult stands broken on purpose? What is the explanation for the unique stratigraphy and for the layer of gray ash in the pit – was fire kindled inside as part of a ritual? How do we know that these finds are Philistine? Are they part of the ‘furniture’ of the temple or objects dedicated by worshipers as votives? Do the figures on the cult stands represent mortal beings, or divinities? If divinities, can we relate them with Biblical or extra-biblical data on the gods of the Philistines? What was the function/s of cult stands? Were they models of buildings, supports for images, offerings tables, altars, or perhaps incense burners? Why are female figures dominant, while male figures are virtually absent? In discussing such topics, Yavneh I treats issues that are central to many fields of study: religion and cult in Iron Age Israel/Palestine; the history and archaeology of the Philistines and their ‘western’ relations; Near Eastern iconography, the meaning of cult stands/architectural models and the understanding of votive objects and of repository pits in general. Literally salvaged from the teeth of the bulldozer, these rare finds are now published. Generations of scholars will discuss and reinterpret them – there is no ‘final word’ for such finds and hence, this final excavation volume is not an end, but a beginning.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (H - L) : Yavneh / Jamnia / Jabneel
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