web analytics
March 3, 2015 / 12 Adar , 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Canaanite Ritual Stone Discovered in Northern Israel

Researchers were able to establish that this was later a place of Jewish dwellers.

digs stone

Photo Credit: Dr. Mrdechai Avi'am

An archaeological discovery in the Tel Rechesh excavations at the Tabor River Reserve in northern Israel: a joint archaeological expedition, which included researchers from the University of Tenri, Japan, and the Institute of Archaeology of Galilee Kinneret Academic College, have unearthed a Canaanite cult ritual stone.

The excavations in this area have been going on for six years now.

The same excavations also revealed large parts of a Jewish farmhouse dating back to the Second Temple. Researchers were able to establish that this was a place of Jewish dwellers based on typical stone tools, oil lamps and coins minted in the city of Tiberias.

“The diggers received a big surprise,” said Chairman of the Institute of Archaeology of Galilee Kinneret Academic College Dr. Mrdechai Avi’am. “In the ruins of the second floor of the farmhouse, they discovered a Canaanite cult statue, similar to a statue that stood in the sanctuary of a temple which is yet to be located.”

“Similar stones have been discovered in a number of Canaanite sites, such as Hazor,” Dr. Avi’am said. “The same stone was later used as part of a doorframe in one of the rooms of the Jewish structure. This is the unique development of archaeological hills in Israel, where successive generations mingle ritual objects on their way from the world of the Canaanite mythology to monotheism.”

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

17 Responses to “Canaanite Ritual Stone Discovered in Northern Israel”

  1. Ch Hoffman says:

    if it's a Cannanite altar, it should be destroyed.

  2. Terry Beals says:

    This idea of: "successive generations mingle ritual objects on their way from the world of the Canaanite mythology to monotheism” is a blatant disregard to Scriptural history. According to the Scripture, Israel was monotheistic and entangled themselves with the polytheism of its neighbors. It is not a movement toward but a stumbling stone away from monotheism.

  3. No altar was found. The word "mizbeach" does not appear in the Hebrew. The English translation is wrong.

  4. What does the Hebrew say?

  5. Seth J. Vogelman says:

    There you go again, messing up the article with facts! :)

  6. paulrogers002 says:

    ticiaverveer Presumably very different Canaanite stones to those misrepresented in Graham Hancock’s ‘The Sign and the Seal’..

  7. This is Gods amazing grace that things are unearthed to find a teasure!

  8. Sharon Staub says:

    .

  9. Sharon Staub says:

    .

  10. destroyed???…more????..its already destroyed for more then 2000 years mate…or maybe you advocate a FINAL SOLUTION for it???..thats another story..a sad one…

  11. destroyed? more? its already destroyed for more then 2000 years mate…or maybe you advocate a FINAL SOLUTION for it? that's another story..a sad one…

  12. Wayne Martin says:

    Archaeology in the last fifty years has rewritten the history of the Lavant so that it is now clear that Biblical history (at least much of the Torah) is mythological. Archaeologists and serious historians now believe that Israel and Judah were a restatement of the Canaanite people, who probably were responsible for the slow decline of the Canaanite City States. Polytheism was practiced by the Canaanites, and early Hebrew people. Monothism was not practiced exclusively until about 200BC, it seems. The whole idea of Monothism (the Cult of YHWH) was imposed heavily after the Babylonism conquest, not before.

  13. Andy Blake says:

    According to scripture (Deuteronomy 32:8, unless you're using the late and post-Christian Masoretic Text), Yhwh is one of the "sons of God", that is, a secondary divinity appointed to be the god of Israel by the Most High God ('El 'Elyon), just as other "sons of God" were appointed for the other nations. The existence and jurisdiction of the other gods is explicitly recognised: "All the nations walk each in the name of its god, and we will walk in the name of Yhwh our god forever and ever" (Micah 4:5). "Will you not possess what Kemosh your god gives you? So also whatever Yhwh our god shall seize for us, we will possess" (Jephthah's message to the king of Ammon, Judges 11:24).

    The Bible is polytheistic and assumes a plurality of gods as the background context for focussing down on Yhwh as the national god of Israel. The issue between the squabbling Yhwh- and Ba'al-worshippers can be narrowly defined: who has authority to act as the nation's 'elohim (i.e. arbiter of its law)? As long as Yhwh alone was vested with that authority, there was no general perception in Israel throughout the Judges and First Temple periods that the rest of the gods were excluded from receiving due honour in other capacities. Indeed, anybody who mediates the authority of Yhwh (whether angelic or human, as Moses or Aaron) is counted by scripture as an 'elohim.

    The judgment on pre-exilic Israel – that nearly the entire nation went astray in its polytheism – is anachronistic and evidently reflects textual revisions in the wake of Hezekiah's and Josiah's reforms. It would have been just as valid for the ordinary Israelite am-ha'aretz, who remained in occupation of the land through the Exile, to argue that the deportation of the upper-class to Babylon was divine punishment on the latter's iconoclastic revisionism and contempt for national tradition.

  14. Bo Wade says:

    Why?

  15. Terry Beals says:

    It is so that man today thinks he is so wise as to say what other peoples thought and practiced 3000 years ago, especially when it comes to esoteric practices. There is only one that can give us any insight into much of that time period and that is God. We have such disregard for a belief in God that we see scripture as an ordinary piece of literature written by man. The testimony of the historical evidence will convince any seeker of the truth but any skeptic is taught to disregard scripture because he is a skeptic and a true skeptic believes in nothing. Some believe in the existence of God but do not believe He can convey truth to us through a written record i.e. the Scripture – holy writings. We cannot prove or disprove the Bible no more than we can prove or disprove Creation or Evolution. Once again we come back to the element of faith. Faith to believe the proven record or faith in something that we have found like some little piece of archeological evidence that we don't really know what it is all about to try to hold up our humanistic thinking.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and many of the Bibicotters
Want to Tell the BibiCotters What You Think? Here’s How You Can.
Latest News Stories
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, Dec. 30, 2014.

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power tells AIPAC on Monday that America “will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. Period.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the AIPAC Policy Conference, Washington DC, on March 2, 2015.

“Today, we are no longer silent; today, we have a voice. Tomorrow, as prime minister of the only Jewish state, I plan to use that voice.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu meets with US Senator Lindsey Graham in Jerusalem.

Former Consul Alon Pinkas charges Prime Minister Netanyahu is “injecting Israel into the American political arena – he loves doing that.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu writes the beginning of his speech he will deliver in Congress on Tuesday.

Former Israel Ambassador to the UN Dore Gold says PM Netanyahu’s speech to Congress “will have substance no one has heard before.”

Want to know who are the Bibicotters and how you can tell them what you think?

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a packed room at AIPAC on Monday the US-Israel alliance is “sound.” But on Iran: “No one makes alliances with the weak,” he warned.

IDF soldiers, reservists and local security units participated in a massive training drill in the town of Efrat, Gush Etzion, reenacting an infiltration of terrorists into the settlement, on March 02, 2015. The IDF’s central command called a surprise training exercise in the West Bank to test reservists’ alertness and to prepare for the possibility […]

I’m not going to get into timetables. It will happen.

American like Netanyahu by a 2-1 margin, with Obama probably in the minority.

Girls, ages 10-13, from Efrat in Gush Etzion will square off against girls from the Galilee Arab village Sakhnin tonight in a playoff game that will determine which group will advance to the semi-finals in the girls’ league. “We are involved with soccer and not politics,” one of the Efrat girls said. “We really want […]

Jew Wars: Episode 7 – Revenge of the White House

The suspect denied he knew he was sending Hamas material that could be used to kill him and his neighbors.

The PA plans to destroy Israeli products found in Arab-owned stores, but the Arab population will probably just buy them from Rami Levy instead.

He told CNN ‘God gave the US military power” that should be used to stop genocide.

Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu arrived Sunday in Washington DC ahead of appearances at the AIPAC conference and before the US Congress, to discuss the Iran nuclear threat.

More Articles from Jewish Press Staff
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the AIPAC Policy Conference, Washington DC, on March 2, 2015.

“Today, we are no longer silent; today, we have a voice. Tomorrow, as prime minister of the only Jewish state, I plan to use that voice.”

Divorce

“With the launch of this new historic agreement, we hope to make the lives of newlyweds better and more meaningful, so that if, God forbid, the marriage breaks up, it will be done in a fair and respectful manner.”

‘Double Gold’ awarded to 2012 Yarden Heights wine & 2011 Yarden Merlot Kela Single Vineyard.

It captures the love of the Jewish soul as only Shlomo Hamelech could portray it – and as only Rabbi Miller could explain it.

Forever After?
‘Obligated for Challahh and Not Terumah’
(Kesubos 25a)

LIVE – Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 – Political candidates from the parties battle it out – in English – for your vote.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/canaanite-altar-discovered-in-northern-israel/2013/08/28/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: