Archaeology, israelite cosmology and the bible

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Faust features how dwellings excavated in Israel and Judah, reveals a strong tendency to orient houses to the east, through a thorough examination of Iron Age II (c. 1000-586 B.C.E.). More than 80 percent of these self-standing structures were oriented east, southeast and northeast, which was evident also in nucleated settlements, that is, villages and cities clustered around a center, where any new construction would need to conform to the existing settlement fabric. Many ethnographic studies have demonstrated the strong influence of cosmological principles, that is, the way societies understand the universe, its origin, structure, laws and fate-on the planning of buildings and settlements. Question whether it is possible that a cosmology influence the orientation of Iron Age houses in ancient Israel, ancient Israelites, however, provide people with an additional source of information, their language, which can reveal much about their cognition
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-29 and 68
JournalBiblical Archaeology Review
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2017


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