Yahweh and the Sun: Biblical and Archaeological Evidence for Sun Worship in Ancient Israel

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A&C Black, Nov 1, 1993 - Religion - 308 pages
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This challenging provocative book argues that there was in ancient Israel a considerable degree of overlap between the worship of the sun and of Yahweh-even that Yahweh was worshipped as the sun in some contexts. As an object created not by humankind but by God himself, the sun as an object of veneration lay outside the bounds of the second commandment and was considered by many to be an appropriate 'icon' of Yahweh of Hosts. Through its ivestigation of 'solar Yahwism', this book offers fresh insight into several passages (e.g.Genesis 1;32.23-33; Joshua 10.12-14; 1 Kings 8.12; Ezekiel 8.16-18; Psalms 19;104) and archaeological data regarding the orientations of Yawistic temples, the "lmlk" jar handles ,horse figurines, and the Taanach cult stand. The book argues that the struggle between Yahweh and other deities in ancint Israel took place within the context of the development of Yahwism itself.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Acknowledgments
9
List of Plates
11
List of Figures
13
Abbreviations
15
Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION
19
Chapter 2 ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE
24
Chapter 3 BIBLICAL EVIDENCE
92
Chapter 4 CONCLUSIONS
257
PLATES AND FIGURES
284
Bibliography
284
Index of References
299
Index of Authors
305
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J. Glen Taylor is Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Dean of Students at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto.

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