How idolatry continued in the Kingdom of Judah:Israeli dig uncovers temple and icons dating back to Old Testament era

Some Jewish idols where found in Israel, they look quite similar to Djenne and Koma land figures of African Art? Please comment on this page below this post.

Tel Motza

A view of the Tel Motza site: The area and surrounding region are well known for their archaeological importance. Many finds have previously been uncovered at the site, from a range of different periods

  • Finds offer evidence of a ritual cult at the beginning of the period of the royal House of David
  • Artefacts unearthed at Tel Motza, just outside Jerusalem, during a dig ahead of new highway construction
  • They appear to show the worship of idols was still popular among Jews of the era

By Damien Gayle, 27 December 2012 | found on the dailymail.co.uk

Israeli archaeologists have uncovered a rare temple and religious figurines which date back nearly 3,000 years to the time of the Kingdom of Judah.

They say the finds provide rare testimony of a ritual cult in the Jerusalem region at the beginning of the period of the royal House of David.

Such idol worship was a major theme in the chapters of the Old Testament relating to the era, and is given in the holy book as a cause for the downfall of the Jewish kingdom.
An Israeli Antiquities Authority worker holds figurines found at the Tel Motza archaeological site: The IAA said on Wednesday they unearthed a maze-like construction and a cache of sacred vessels some 2, 750 years old

An Israeli Antiquities Authority worker holds figurines found at the Tel Motza archaeological site: The IAA said on Wednesday they unearthed a maze-like construction and a cache of sacred vessels some 2, 750 years old

The discoveries were made at Tel Motza, outside Jerusalem, during archaeological work taking place ahead of new highway construction in the area.

They were announced yesterday in a release by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

‘The ritual building at Tel Motza is an unusual and striking find, in light of the fact that there are hardly any remains of ritual buildings of the period in Judaea,’ the dig directors said in a statement.

‘The uniqueness of the structure is even more remarkable because of the vicinity of the site’s proximity to the capital city of Jerusalem, which acted as the Kingdom’s main sacred center at the time.’
Archaeologist Anna Eirikh shows a horse figurine at the site on the outskirts of Jerusalem: Experts say the finds provide rare testimony of a ritual cult in the region at the start of the period of the royal House of David


Archaeologist Anna Eirikh shows a horse figurine at the site on the outskirts of Jerusalem: Experts say the finds provide rare testimony of a ritual cult in the region at the start of the period of the royal House of David

Tel Motza and the surrounding region are well known for their archaeological importance. Many finds have previously been uncovered at the site, from a range of different periods.

From the Nineties to the beginning of the present century, the site was excavated in preparation for the new route taken by Highway 1.

At the time, the site’s archaeologists proposed identifying it with the Biblical settlement Mozah, mentioned in the Book of Joshua – a town in the tribal lands of Benjamin bordering on Judaea (Joshua 18: 26).

The proposal was based, among other things, on the discovery at the site of a public building, a large structure with storehouses, and a considerable number of silos.
A view of the Tel Motza site: The area and surrounding region are well known for their archaeological importance. Many finds have previously been uncovered at the site, from a range of different periods

At the time, archaeologists identified the site as a storehouse, run by high-ranking officials, for Jerusalem’s grain supplies. The current excavations have revealed evidence that offers a new aspect to understanding the site.

Anna Eirikh, one of the directors, told AFP that the discoveries were rare evidence of religious practice outside Jerusalem during the Judaean period.

‘What we can say for sure is the figurines served for religious purposes, and that Tel Motza was a Judaean kingdom,’ she said.

The findings date to the 9-10th century BC, when the First Temple would have already been built in its Jerusalem location.

The Jews of that era seemed to have kept some of the prevalent pre-Judaism practices alongside the mainstream worship in the Jerusalem temple, she said.
Idolatry: Ms Eirikh points out the temple site and the altar used for religious rituals and practices. The finds indicate that Jews of that era seemed to have kept some of their prevalent pre-Judaism religious practices

Thou shalt have no other god: The worship of idols is a major theme of the Old Testament, with the Israelites being repeatedly punished by Yahweh for their idolatry

‘It’s very interesting to see these religious artifacts and temple so close to Jerusalem, a walking distance,’ Ms Eirikh said.

‘We know very little about religious practice during the Judaean kingdom, there are two or three more sites of worship, and this is the closest to Jerusalem.’

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