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Ancient Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia
Assyria Nineveh
Arslan Tash Til Barsip
Iran Palace of Darius
Phoenicia Arabia Palmyra
Syrian coast
Ougarit Byblos




 
Figurines or
 
Small Plaques
 
 
AO 16716
 
 
Richelieu room 2
 
showcase 4 (10-14)
  
 
 
These figurines or small plaques
show household gods or idols.
  
They vary in size greatly:
man-sized (1 Samuel 19:13)
or much smaller. 

 Small plaques or Teraphim, household gods

They could therefore be put in the ‘basket' of a camel’s saddle. Owning these ‘teraphim’ had an impact on rights regarding family inheritance A144, which may explain the motivation of Rachel. - Genesis 31:29-34, note
 
An archaeological discovery made at Nuzi revealed the existence of a patriarchal law under the terms of which the possession
of household gods gave a man the ownership rights over the property
of his deceased father-in-law.
 
Examples of biblical declarations
confirmed by the excavations of Nuzi
are so numerous that the Supplément
au dictionnaire de la Bible (vol. VI,
columns 663-672) devotes more than
eight columns to them in small type.
 
Teraphims were sometimes consulted
to make predictions. - Ezekiel 21:21;
2 Kings 23:24.
 
In Israel, their idolatry persisted.
“Moving forward in arrogance is
like having recourse to magical powers
and teraphims” the Prophet Samuel
had warned.
- 1 Samuel 15:23.
 
     
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