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Author: Ido Koch

This paper reconsiders the Late Bronze Age history of the Fosse Temple at Lachish and reconstructs its context vis-à-vis the broader role of the local Canaanite cult. During the reign of Amenhotep iii the structure’s plan was modified to conform to Egyptian-style and there was a profusion of Egyptian imports to the site, primarily associated with the cult of Hathor. These facts reflect the cultic innovations that were taking place in Egypt itself—the self-deification of Amenhotep iii and his consort, Tiye, including her depiction and worship as Hathor. It is consequently argued that the translation of Hathor/Tiye into the local goddess, Elat, and its continuous practice until the late 13th century bc echo the integration of Egypt within the indigenous cultural world.

In: Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions
Author: Ido Koch
In Colonial Encounters in Southwest Canaan during the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age Koch offers a detailed analysis of local responses to colonial rule, and to its collapse. The book focuses on colonial encounters between local groups in southwest Canaan (between the modern-day metropolitan areas of Tel Aviv and Gaza) and agents of the Egyptian Empire during the Late Bronze Age (16th–12th centuries BCE). This new perspective presents the multifaceted aspects of Egyptian colonialism, the role of local agency, and the reshaping of local practices and ideas. Following that, the book examines local responses to the collapse of the empire, mechanisms of societal regeneration during the Iron Age I (12th–10th centuries BCE), the remnants of the Egyptian–Canaanite colonial order, and changes in local ideology and religion.
In: Colonial Encounters in Southwest Canaan during the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age
In: Colonial Encounters in Southwest Canaan during the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age
In: Colonial Encounters in Southwest Canaan during the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age
In: Colonial Encounters in Southwest Canaan during the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age
In: Colonial Encounters in Southwest Canaan during the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age
In: Colonial Encounters in Southwest Canaan during the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age
In: Colonial Encounters in Southwest Canaan during the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age