Archaeologist says 3,000-year-old clay heads are the face of God


A handful of 3000-year-old ‘male’ clay heads revealed in Israel may reveal the earliest depiction of God’s face.

The statues were excavated with small horse sculptures and represent a bearded figure with a flat-topped head topped with embossed features, ear piercings for jewelry, and a crown.

The controversial claim is that of Professor Yosef Garfinkle, who references the Biblical scriptures of horse-riding God to add weight to this theory.

However, Garfinkel’s view has been rejected by many archaeologists who argue that during this time the creation of ‘anything that is in heaven above’ was prohibited.

A handful of 3000-year-old ‘male’ clay heads revealed in Israel may reveal the earliest depiction of God’s face

Garfink, who is a professor at the Hebrew University, is basing this claim on the fact that between the 9th and 10th centuries the dates of all three statues were found near horse statues and in areas of worship.

A head was discovered more than a decade ago at Khirbet Qiafa, about 20 miles from Tel Motza, where two others were exposed earlier this year by Shua Kissilewitz and Oded Lipschitz.

After the news from Tel Motaza, Garfinkle began to wonder if the clay heads were related, is it a god and if so, on whom?

And he looked at Habakkuk and the Book of Psalms to find the answer.

The statues were excavated with small horse sculptures and represent a bearded man with a flat-topped head, embossed features, topped with ear piercings and a crown for jewelry.

The statues were excavated with small horse sculptures and represent a bearded man with a flat-topped head, embossed features, topped with ear piercings and a crown for jewelry.

Garfink, who is a professor at the Hebrew University, is basing this claim on the fact that between the 9th and 10th centuries the dates of all three statues were found near horse statues and in areas of worship.

Garfink, who is a professor at the Hebrew University, is basing this claim on the fact that between the 9th and 10th centuries the dates of all three statues were found near horse statues and in areas of worship.

Habakkuk 3: 8 says: ‘Were you angry with the rivers, God? Was your anger against the currents? When you rode your horses and your chariots to victory did you rage against the sea? ‘

The second example they found is shown in the hymn ६ which: लिखा, which says, “Sing to God, sing His name; Ride on the clouds and pick a song for him. ‘

‘Some biblical traditions, then, describe Yahweh as riding on the sky or the clouds, exactly like Ugarit. But some texts present a new development in which he rides a horse, ‘Garfinkle shared in an article in the BAS library.

Other clay heads found at Tel Motza were pulled from a temple near Jerusalem and such images were banned due to biblical instructions, the team proposes, using the area to worship a variety of different gods Was done for – ‘Not just that.’

A head was discovered a decade ago in Khirbet Qiafa, about 20 miles from Tel Motza where Shua Kisilewitz and Oded Lipschitz showed up to two others earlier this year.

A head was discovered a decade ago in Khirbet Qiafa, about 20 miles from Tel Motza where Shua Kisilewitz and Oded Lipschitz showed up to two others earlier this year.

A head was discovered more than a decade ago at Khirbet Qiafa, about 20 miles from Tel Motza, where Shua Kisilevitz (right) and Oded Lipshits uncovered two others earlier this year.

A head was discovered more than a decade ago at Khirbet Qiafa, about 20 miles from Tel Motza, where Shua Kisilevitz (right) and Oded Lipshits uncovered two others earlier this year.

Kisilevitz and Oded Lipschits wrote: ‘Unfortunately, this article is pure sensationalism that is popular, generating money, meeting demand, of factual identity as a baseless and (at best) factual identity As a form he ignores his professional research and studies, including avoiding context. For any publication by excavators. ‘

Garfinkle addressed that the Bible is very clear on the prohibition against the physical representation of God.

The surrounding settlements actually prayed to many gods, but ‘the kingdom of Judah was a different story and based on two concepts – that there is only one God and not many, and that you should not make a statute, this,’ they shared.

There were people worshiping Yahweh some 3,000 years ago and then the Canaanite storm was God.

‘Canaanites,’ writes Garfinkel ‘did not portray a male deity on a horse.

‘Only in Iron Age texts and iconography did the horse become a divine companion animal.’

‘Therefore, the iconographic elements of the statues coincide with the description of Yahweh in the Biblical tradition.’

He also argues that the ban on making images of Yahweh was not adopted until the 10th century, when clay heads were in use.

Garfink has received widespread criticism for his claims, but added: ‘Like every discovery, some will accept and some will reject’.

The controversial claim is that of Professor Yosef Garfinkle, who references the Bible scriptures of horse-riding God to add weight to this doctrine

However, Shua Kissilevitz rejected the claim that people were banned from making images of God during this time

The controversial claim comes from Professor Yosef Garfinkel (left), who references the Bible scriptures of horse-riding God to add weight to this doctrine. However, Shua Kisilevitz (right) claimed that people cite that the making of images of God was banned during this time.

Kisilevitz and Lipschits refute their claims, although agreeing that the figures were used for worship – the team describes them as ‘human figures’.

‘Although we cannot rule out the possibility that the human heads of Motazza and Keifaffa represent the gods, they have no mark, symbol or feature (such as horns, crescent, oxen), which in the ancient Near East, figures and Visions are found on representations, they will be recognized as divine figures. ‘

‘Also, when the gods were depicted on animals, they didn’t sit on them (they don’t need transportation) – we stood with them!’ they wrote.

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