Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Temple sites in Iron Age Transjordan

THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST TODAY: Temples and Cult Places in Iron Age Transjordan (Margreet L. Steiner).
But what was the situation across the River Jordan, where the kingdoms of Ammon, Moab and Edom were flourishing? Many fewer excavations have taken place there than in ancient Israel. Nonetheless several cultic complexes have been unearthed: three in the Jordan Valley (part of ancient Ammon), four in Moab, and one in Edom. What do these tell us about cult practices among Israel and Judah’s rivals?
For more on the Balaam inscription from Tel Deir 'Alla (Deir Alla), see here and links.

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