Jun 22, 2020 | News | Jerusalem & Area

Proof of life-size statues of Canaanite god unveiled in biblical Lachish

The first archaeological evidence of the existence of life-size divine statues in the Levant has been identified by Hebrew University archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel, offering new insights on the cult-like practices of ancient Canaanites.

According to a renowned midrash, a rabbinic interpretation of the biblical text, the Jewish patriarch Abraham began the journey that would lead him to become the first monotheist in the world by smashing the idols that his father Terach manufactured and sold in his workshop.