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Bibil Identifier bibil:221459
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Judean Pillar Figurines and Ethnic Identity in the Shadow of Assyria
Author Wilson, Ian Douglas
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 36, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 259-278 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article examines the much-debated Judean pillar figurines (JPFs), which date to the late Iron Age in the Levant and appear to be uniquely Judean artifacts. Scholarly discussion of JPFs, which has spanned a century, focuses primarily on questions of representation and use, and has contributed to the ongoing debate over the role of Asherah/asherah in monarchic Judah. The article begins with a survey of this significant discussion. Its ultimate goal, however, is to move towards a new understanding of the figurines’ popularity in the eighth and seventh centuries bce. Why did the figurines flourish in Judah during this particular period? Drawing from Antonio Gramsci's concepts of cultural hegemony and ideology, the article suggests that JPFs should be understood as part of a late Iron Age cultural discourse: the figurines represent one attempt to maintain local identity as the Neo-Assyrian empire rapidly expanded and absorbed much of the region.
DOI 10.1177/0309089212438002
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Themes : Steles
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Iron Age (1200-586)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Ethnicity
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Ashera
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Religion
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