Jeremiah and the Assyrian Sacred Tree

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Jeremiah 10:5 contains the collocation tomær miqšāh, which has been interpreted in a variety of ways ranging from "scarecrow in a cucumber field" to "plated pillars". It is argued that the collocation should rather be interpreted as "palm sculpture" and that it refers to a known type of object from the ancient Near East whose depictions are designated by scholars as the "Assyrian sacred tree".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-413
Number of pages11
JournalVetus Testamentum
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • Assyrian sacred tree
  • Jeremiah 10
  • aniconism
  • date palm
  • iconography
  • tree


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