[b-hebrew] Josiah's book of the Law

Dora Smith villandra at austin.rr.com
Mon Aug 8 07:17:23 EDT 2005

Actually, archeological work proves that the religious faith of Israel at
the time bore little resemblance to the Yahwism inflicted by Josiah's

For instance, there was a sacred pole or tree (which is known, I just don't
remember which) in the Temple.

And graffitti scrawled everywhere - in and out of Jerusalem - blessing
Yahweh and Ba'al and their jointly held wife, Asherah.
Dora Smith
Austin, Texas
villandra at austin.rr.com
----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Kirk" <peterkirk at qaya.org>
To: "Read, James C" <K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk>
Cc: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2005 5:39 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Josiah's book of the Law

> On 04/08/2005 09:39, Read, James C wrote:
> >...
> >5) As the temple was completely destroyed by the babylonians and then
later rebuilt, there
> >is no reliale way of archeologically establishing when the original
temple was built.
> >
> >
> It is unlikely that every trace was destroyed, rather than being built
> over. So there is in fact a good chance that some traces of the first
> Temple remain on the Temple Mount, built over by two later Jewish
> Temples, a Roman one, and the Islamic Dome of the Rock.
> >6) In fact, we cannot archeologically establish if there ever was a first
> >
> >
> The problem is more that no one will allow the archaeology to be done.
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