Toward the Identification of the Goddess of Ekron

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The article puts forward a new hypothesis concerning the origin of the goddess of Ekron, mentioned in Ekron’s royal dedicatory inscription from the early 7th century bce. Contrary to a widely held view, it is suggested that the origin of the Philistine Goddess of Ekron should not be sought in the Aegean world but rather in northern Syria.



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  • Photo of the inscription, credit: by Zev Radovan, Tel Miqne-Ekron Publications Project.
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