The scarab: The idol that rolls in dung

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The Hebrew Bible uses expressions of disgust to warn the Israelites against gentile idolatry. Is it possible that the rare biblical word gilulim (“idols”) refers specifically to the Egyptian sacred dung beetle, known as the scarab?
Original languageEnglish
JournalBiblical Archaeology Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2020


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