A Tiny Temple

relief from Susa, drawn from Michael Roaf's text


This illustration is based off of a limestone relief from Susa of a god holding a peg in order to secure the foundation of a temple.  This according to Michael Roaf’s book Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East.  A rock is a tiny fragment of a mountain.  Mountains were ancient places of worship.  Hence the title, “tiny temple”.  Perhaps an ancient audience might associate such an image with Jacob’s vision of a temple as he lay his head near a rock.  He did set up that very rock as a pillar to mark what he named as God’s house – Bethel.

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