Image: A drawing from Kuntillet Ajrud
Hershel Shanks, the editor of Biblical Archaeology Review, has written an article published in The Jerusalem Post in which he reports that the artifacts found at Sinai and returned to Egypt 35 years ago have been found.
Among the artifacts found and returned to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo are the famous storage vessels found at Kuntillet Ajrud, a caravanserai located in Northern Sinai. These vessels contain inscriptions that refer to “Yahweh of Samaria and his Asherah.”
The drawing on these pithoi are very significant because of what they reveal about the religious practices of Northern Kingdom of Israel in the eighth century B.C.
Those who are not familiar with the Kuntillet Ajrud artifacts should read Shanks’ article. The image above is one of the drawings found on one of the pithoi. According to some archaeologists, the woman playing the lyre is Asherah, Yahweh’s consort.
You can read the article here.
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