Born in Heaven, Made on Earth

The Making of the Cult Image in the Ancient Near East

Edited by Michael B. Dick

Paperback - £27.95

Publication date:

30 June 1999

Length of book:

256 pages

Publisher

Eisenbrauns

ISBN-13: 9781575063423

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.