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Infographic: Yahweh among the gods

  (click on image to expand) A comparison of Yahweh theology with the dragon slaying motif, cloud rider title and Egyptian solar art and theology.

Infographic: Seal Artifacts Identifying Biblical Persons

The following infographic visualizes some of my research on Hebrew seals and Bullae of the Iron Age royal court. Basically, I used formal verification criteria modeled in Lawrence J. Mykytiuk's doctoral thesis,  Identifying Biblical Persons in Northwest Semitic Inscriptions and determined that of the thousands of seals and seal impressions discovered in the archeological record which ones we can say with confidence identify individuals named in the Hebrew Bible. Benjamin Stanhope, "Iconography on Hebrew Seals and Bullae Identifying Biblical Persons and the Apparent Paradox of Egyptian Solar Symbols" in Meir and Edith Lubetski (eds.), Epigraphy, Iconography, and the Bible . Hebrew Bible Monographs 98 (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2022), 175-206. Click to enlarge

My Art: Ancient Near Eastern Gods

Harpocrates  The birth of Horus from the lotus Yahweh Yahweh, Deber and Resheph (Habakkuk 3:4-5)  Baal and Yahweh: The Cloud Rider motif Ra and the Uraeus gods "There is a shout of joy to Ra at the entrance to the doors of the earth... The serpents sing and exalt thee, and the divine serpents lighten thy darkness."

Archeology: Why do the seals of biblical kings depict Egyptian gods?

I've transformed my recent Sheffield-Phoenix paper into an animated presentation. The video showcases some of my digital art and explores several questions: 1) Of the thousands of Hebrew seals in biblical archeology that have surfaced, which ones can we reliably say belonged to biblical characters? 2) Why do some of these seals plainly depict Egyptian gods? 3) How did Egyptian solar theology influence Yahwism of the biblical classical period.   Ahora se han agregado subtítulos en español (gracias a Matías)!  Script follows: Ancient Israel and Egypt were primarily papyrus manuscript cultures. Since papyrus decays easily, extremely few of these documents survive from history. However, what does survive are thousands of seals, typically carved of semi-precious stone. A soft lump of clay called a bulla would be fixed onto a closed document or other container, often molded around binding cords. A seal would then be used to stamp a characteristic, presumably unimitatable marking into the