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Archeologists Make Rare Discovery West of Jerusalem
Algemeiner ^ | December 26, 2012

Posted on 12/27/2012 5:54:20 AM PST by SJackson

Archeologists made a rare discovery at Tel Motza, to the west of Jerusalem, recently: evidence of the Jewish religious practices and rituals in the early days of the Kingdom of Judah. Among the finds are a ritual building and a cache of sacred vessels some 2,750 years old.

Anna Eirikh, Dr. Hamoudi Khalaily and Shua Kisilevitz, the directors of the excavation, released a joint statement provided by the Israeli Antiquities Authority in which they said: “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 at the time of the First Temple. 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.”

Their statement continued: “The finds recently discovered at Tel Motza provide rare archaeological evidence for the existence of temples and ritual enclosures in the Kingdom of Judah in general, and in the Jerusalem region in particular, prior to the religious reforms throughout the kingdom at the end of the monarchic period (at the time of Hezekiah and Isaiah), which abolished all ritual sites, concentrating ritual practices solely at the Temple in Jerusalem.”

Tel Motza and the surrounding region is known for its archaeological treasures. Many finds have previously been uncovered at the site, from a variety of different periods. The Israel Antiquities Authority is currently conducting excavations at the Tel Motza archaeological site, prior to work being carried out on the new Highway 1 from Sha’ar HaGai to Jerusalem by the National Roads Company.


TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antiquity; archeology; catastrophism; godsgravesglyphs; israel; letshavejerusalem; telmotza

1 posted on 12/27/2012 5:54:25 AM PST by SJackson
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2 posted on 12/27/2012 5:59:08 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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3 posted on 12/27/2012 5:59:18 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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4 posted on 12/27/2012 6:00:21 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: SunkenCiv

Archaeologist Anna Eirikh displays a horse figurine at Tel Motza archaeological site on the outskirts of Jerusalem December 26, 2012.
5 posted on 12/27/2012 6:08:00 AM PST by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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To: SJackson

An Israel Antiquities Authority archeologist displays on December 26, 2012 clay figurines used for religious rituals and practices, dated to the early monarchic period (9-10th century. BC) of the Judaean monarchy, uncovered in Tel Motza near Jerusalem during rescue excavations
6 posted on 12/27/2012 6:09:52 AM PST by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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To: NYer

Isn’t that Bart Simpson?


7 posted on 12/27/2012 6:13:32 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: SJackson

Helps bring the Bible to life.


8 posted on 12/27/2012 6:20:31 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: GreenHornet

Aye carumba - it sure looks like him!


9 posted on 12/27/2012 6:22:07 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (You are not now, and will never be my President, Mr. Obama.)
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To: SJackson

Good thing they got there before the Arabs could blow it up.


10 posted on 12/27/2012 6:22:46 AM PST by DManA
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To: SJackson

Must have been the Motza balls they found to give the place its name.


11 posted on 12/27/2012 6:28:24 AM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: SJackson

Must have been the Motza balls they found to give the place its name.


12 posted on 12/27/2012 6:29:19 AM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: SJackson

They have a “ Marty Feldman” kind of thing happening


13 posted on 12/27/2012 6:29:42 AM PST by daku
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To: GreenHornet
Isn’t that Bart Simpson?

It must be because that was my first thought. I almost posted before I saw yours.

14 posted on 12/27/2012 6:30:51 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Liberals are a wrecking crew dismantling civilization by replacing what works with what feels good.)
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To: SJackson

Since this is from before the “reforms” I gather it is a pagan ritual site?


15 posted on 12/27/2012 6:36:21 AM PST by huldah1776
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I wonder if these are some of the personal family idols that God hated and told them to destroy. And that horse looks more like a big dog.


16 posted on 12/27/2012 6:37:10 AM PST by Resettozero
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I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought “Hey, that’s a Matt Groening character!”


17 posted on 12/27/2012 6:37:40 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: SJackson

Must have been the Motza balls they found to give the place its name.


18 posted on 12/27/2012 6:42:12 AM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: Resettozero

Yes these are relics from idol worship. Graven images.


19 posted on 12/27/2012 6:56:13 AM PST by Gasshog (Welcome to the United States of Stupidos!)
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20 posted on 12/27/2012 7:01:58 AM PST by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: huldah1776
Since this is from before the “reforms” I gather it is a pagan ritual site?

My thought too. I don't recall any horse figurines or "Bart Simpson" looking characters being used in the building or furnishing of the Temple. The Old Testament is very specific about the furnishing of the Temple, pagans, on the other hand could have used just about anything in their idolatrous worship-----even Bart Simpson.

21 posted on 12/27/2012 7:13:50 AM PST by Graybeard58 ("Civil rights” leader and MSNB-Hee Haw host Al Sharpton - Larry Elder)
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From the article:

“...prior to the religious reforms throughout the kingdom at the end of the monarchic period (at the time of Hezekiah and Isaiah), which abolished all ritual sites, concentrating ritual practices solely at the Temple in Jerusalem.”

Imho, that doesn’t refer to pagan sites, but to local / decentralized Jewish prayer locations.

Also while there is a prohibition against graven images of G-d (and of course against other deities) Judaism has a long history of art in ritual objects that continues to this day.

I am interested to know if any of those relics came from the kiddush club.... ( : >)


22 posted on 12/27/2012 11:24:35 AM PST by Yehuda
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To: huldah1776

Yes, they are pagan, obviously, because idols are not used in the proper worship of God. Probably familial idols, often used to honor ancestors by people of those times. There is a scene in the movie “Gladiator” which depicts Russell Crowe’s character engaging in that type of observance, with similar small clay idols.


23 posted on 12/27/2012 3:43:04 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Yehuda
The reforms of Hezekiah mentioned were not against decentralized Jewish worship, but against pagan idolatry. These are pagan idols, and similar ones were common throughout the whole region. They're not simply objets d'art.

For a comparison, here are some Greek and Roman small clay ancestor idols, which I believe are the equivalent of what we see here:


24 posted on 12/27/2012 3:50:15 PM PST by Boogieman
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25 posted on 12/27/2012 4:38:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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Thanks NYer and SJackson. One of *those* topics, among other things.


26 posted on 12/27/2012 4:40:49 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Fred Nerks

for comparison:

https://www.google.com/images?q=mycenaean+figurines


27 posted on 12/27/2012 7:45:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Boogieman

I stand corrected.


28 posted on 12/27/2012 8:09:59 PM PST by Yehuda
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To: SJackson
Also found.


29 posted on 12/27/2012 9:31:15 PM PST by garjog (Heroes Died. Obama Lied.)
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