New Canaanite Idols Discovered

A 7 year-old boy in Israel recently made the news by discovering a 3,400 year-old idol of a Canaanite goddess in a field. These accidental finds happen in a land with so much history and so little space.

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3,400-year old Canaanite figurine found in a field by 7 year-old Ori Greenhut at Tel Rehov, Israel. (Photo by Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)

A photo of the boy’s discovery reminded me of something we found at Lachish last summer. Do you notice a resemblance?

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A ca. 3,400 year-old fertility goddess discovered at Tel Lachish in 2015. (Photo by Luke Chandler)

These are typical Late Bronze figurines from the biblical period of the Judges. People such as Deborah and Gideon were familiar with these kinds of objects, even if they did not pray to them.

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About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister in English and Spanish with the North Terrace Church of Christ and participates annually in archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke also leads tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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