Born in Heaven, Made on Earth
The Making of the Cult Image in the Ancient Near East
Edited by Michael B. Dick
Publication date:30 June 1999
Length of book:256 pages
Pejoratively referred to as "idols" in the Hebrew Bible and in western tradition, the cult image occupied a central place in the cultures of the ancient Near East. In Mesopotamia, a ritual (mis pi) was used to "give birth" to the god represented by the cult image. In this volume, three separate essays examine the topic within different ancient Near Eastern cultures, and a fourth provides a modern analogy as counterpoint.