Cult activity at Megiddo in the iron age: New evidence and a long-term perspective

Assaf Kleiman, Margaret E. Cohen, Erin Hall, Robert S. Homsher, Israel Finkelstein

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In this article we present new data from our excavations at Megiddo, which shed light on the history of cult activity at the site in the Iron Age in particular, and on cult in the Northern Kingdom of Israel in general. The Megiddo data point to two major transformations. The first took place at the end of the late Iron Age I, in the 10th cent. B.C.E., with the destruction of the central temple of the 2nd mill. B.C.E. city. The second occurred in the beginning of the late Iron Age IIA, in the early 9th cent. B.C.E., with a shift from a long-term tradition of buildings fully devoted to cult (temples) to cult practiced in restricted areas within prominent administrative buildings in the city.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-52
Number of pages29
JournalZeitschrift des Deutschen Palastina-Vereins
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2017

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  • Cult
  • Cult stands
  • Figurines
  • Iron Age IIA
  • Megiddo
  • Northern Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Archaeology


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