Archaeology bombshell: Is this the face of God? Researchers split over mystery clay idol

Shua Kisilevitz, an archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority, and Oded Lipschits, an archaeologist at Tel Aviv University, have rejected Professor Garfinkel’s theory.

The researchers argued worship of Yahweh did not arrive in the region before the ninth century BC, and a pantheon of Canaanite gods still held sway over Israel at the time.

They said: “Although we cannot rule out the possibility that the human heads from Moza and Qeiyafa depicted gods, they have no markings, symbols or attributes — such as horns, crescents, bulls — found on figures and visual representations throughout the ancient Near East, that would identify them as divine figures.

“Furthermore, when gods were depicted on animals, they did not sit on them — they do not need the transport — they stood on them.”

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