Jeremiah and the Assyrian Sacred Tree

In: Vetus Testamentum
Author: Raanan Eichler1
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  • 1 Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Jeremiah 10:5 contains the collocation tomær miqšāh, which has been interpreted in a variety of ways ranging from “scarecrow in a cucumber field” to “plated pillars”. It is argued that the collocation should rather be interpreted as “palm sculpture” and that it refers to a known type of object from the ancient Near East whose depictions are designated by scholars as the “Assyrian sacred tree”.

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