Israelite Temples: Where Was Israelite Cult Not Practiced and Why

  title={Israelite Temples: Where Was Israelite Cult Not Practiced and Why},
  author={Avraham Faust},
  • A. Faust
  • Published 12 February 2019
  • Sociology
  • Religions
Most scholars in the late 20th and early 21st century believed that cultic activity in the kingdoms of Israel and Judah was practiced in various temples that were scattered throughout the kingdoms. Still, a detailed study of the archaeological evidence on Israelite cult reveals that Israelite cultic buildings were extremely rare, both in absolute terms and when compared to other ancient Near Eastern societies, suggesting that cultic activity in temples was the exception rather than the norm and… 
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