Yahweh and the Sun: Biblical and Archaeological Evidence for Sun Worship in Ancient Israel
This challenging and provocative book argues that there was in ancient Israel a considerable degree of overlap between the worship of the sun and of Yahweh—even that Yahweh was worshipped as the sun in some contexts. As an object created not by humankind but by God himself, the sun as an object of veneration lay outside the bounds of the second commandment and was considered by many to be an appropriate “icon” of Yahweh of Hosts. Through its investigation of “solar Yahwism,” this book offers fresh insight into several passages and archaeological data regarding the orientations of Yawistic temples, the lmlk jar handles, horse figurines, and the Taanach cult stand. The book argues that the struggle between Yahweh and other deities in ancient Israel took place within the context of the development of Yahwism itself.
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- Preface by the author
- Variety of illustrations
- Bibliographical references and indexes
- Title: Yahweh and the Sun: Biblical and Archaeological Evidence for Sun Worship in Ancient Israel
- Author: J. Glen Taylor
- Publisher: Sheffield
- Publication Date: 1993
- Pages: 308
About J. Glen Taylor
J. Glen Taylor is an assistant professor of Old Testament and the dean of students at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto.