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Cult Sites (in Palestine)
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In addition to the temple in Palestine and northern Arabia, there were open-air sanctuaries, demarcated sites whose inventory regularly included an asherah , a holy tree, and a massebah, a holy stone, at least since the late Neolithic era. As its Old Testament designation, asherah, indicates, the tree represents the goddess, while the massebah was considered the locus of the presence of the god (thus Beth-El, Bethyl [Bethel]; cf. Gen 28:18–19a). Masseboth/bethyls could be left in their natural state, decorated with reliefs, sculpted geometrically, or…

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Knauf, Ernst Axel, “Cult Sites (in Palestine)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12423>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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