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Kh. Qeiyafa and Yavneh

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  • Raz Kletter
    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,
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      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
      references?
      Sincerely,
      Raz Kletter
      Tallinn, Estonia


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