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Phoenician Aniconism in Its Mediterranean and Ancient Near Eastern Contexts
Doak, Brian R.

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015 pp. xxi + 182. $27.95

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Description: The Hebrew Bible contains a prohibition against divine images (Exod 20:2-5a). Explanations for this command are legion, usually focusing on the unique status of Israel's deity within the context of the broader Near Eastern and Mediterranean worlds. Doak explores whether or not Israel was truly alone in its severe stance against idols. This book focuses on one particular aspect of this iconographic context in Israel's Iron Age world: that of the Phoenicians. The question of whether Phoenicians employed aniconic (as opposed to iconic) representational techniques has significance not only for the many poorly understood aspects of Phoenician religion generally, but also for the question of whether aniconism can be considered a broader trend among the Semitic populations of the ancient Near East.

Subjects: Ancient Near East, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Other Language, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, History of Religions

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Review by Christopher B. Hays
Published 10/26/2017
Citation: Christopher B. Hays, review of Brian R. Doak, Phoenician Aniconism in Its Mediterranean and Ancient Near Eastern Contexts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


Review by Michael B. Hundley
Published 10/26/2017
Citation: Michael B. Hundley, review of Brian R. Doak, Phoenician Aniconism in Its Mediterranean and Ancient Near Eastern Contexts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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