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The Zooarchaeology of Israelite Religion: Methods and Practice

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Religions 2019, 10(4), 254; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10040254
Received: 5 January 2019 / Revised: 1 April 2019 / Accepted: 3 April 2019 / Published: 7 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Archaeology and Ancient Israelite Religion)
This essay aims to provide a methodological framework for the application of zooarchaeology to the study of Israelite religion for the purpose of providing an overview of this growing subfield for the non-specialist and for inviting further conversation among practitioners. Definitions of “zooarchaeology” and “Israelite religion” are explored and the aim of reconstructing practices of Yahweh-centric religion is described. A methodology is suggested through a series of questions that may be applied to explorations of faunal remains, including those related to context, excavation technique and analysis, and engagement with the Hebrew Bible. The essay concludes with an illustration from Tel Dan and affirmation of integrated methodologies that critically engage archaeological and textual data to form new syntheses. View Full-Text
Keywords: zooarchaeology; Israelite religion; sacrifice; offering; Yahwistic worship; sacred feasting; faunal remains; animal bones; cult; ritual; Tel Dan; Hebrew Bible zooarchaeology; Israelite religion; sacrifice; offering; Yahwistic worship; sacred feasting; faunal remains; animal bones; cult; ritual; Tel Dan; Hebrew Bible
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Greer, J.S. The Zooarchaeology of Israelite Religion: Methods and Practice. Religions 2019, 10, 254.

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