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The Troubles of Templeless Judah$
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Jill Middlemas

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199283866

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199283869.001.0001

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Conceptions of Judah, I: Idolatrous Cults

Conceptions of Judah, I: Idolatrous Cults

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The Troubles of Templeless Judah


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Because ancient Israel maintained copious literature that is theological in nature and the Golah community invested much energy in reflection on worship, it is important to consider how the situation in the homeland impacted theological conceptions of reality. This chapter considers biblical perceptions of what was considered by some as the ‘heterodox’ religiosity of Templeless Judah. Biblical literature about Templeless Judah remains almost exclusively focused on the on-going worship of deities either in distinction to or in addition to Yahweh. The chapter provides an overview of the types of worship practices attributed to the population in the homeland. In conjunction with that discussion, it is noted that the evidence for these practices does not stem from sixth-century Judah itself and tends to serve a greater theological agenda.

Keywords:   judgement, ideology, heterodox worship, Asherah, Baal, Molek, sun worship, Judean pillar figurines, Tammuz, minor cults

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