Kh. Qeiyafa and Yavneh
- Dear colleagues,
In a first report on the Qeiyafa shrine models, Garfinkel and Ganor
(2012, *"New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region"* 7,
Jerusalem: 50-65 (Hebrew) write:
"The best comparion.. is from Yavneh (Kletter et al 2010). All the Yavneh
models are made in the form of rectangular boxes in the shape of a real
house" (page 60).
"Foreign/pagan worship (*avodat elilim*) is also reflected in
archaeological finds... in Jerusalem were found more than 2000 clay
figurines of a naked female ... that probably represents a fertility
goddess (Kletter 1996; Moorey 2003)" (page 63).
In 2010 I wrote in length that the Yavneh cult stands *do
not*represent houses or real structures (many are also oval, not
rectangular). Counting 2000 Judean female figurines from Jerusalem alone
must involve a new type of mathematics. I wrote that these figurines are
neither pagan/foreign nor fertility figurines. Fertility is a lazy way of
"explaining" figurines, adding nothing. Ask why all ancient goddesses can
be called "fertility goddesses" and "mother goddesses"; but nobody speaks
about male gods in such terms.
Could they have read copies of books that have only the outside cover,
lacking the pages with text? Or is it a new, faster method of academic
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