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Figured Stone

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An idol of carved stone (NIV) in contrast to one of molten metal, associated with Canaanite worship (Leviticus 26:1 ; Numbers 33:52 ), according to modern translations. KJV reads, “image of stone” and “pictures.” The same Hebrew term is used in Ezekiel 8:12 for idolatrous shrines decorated with base reliefs of gods in the form of animals ( Ezekiel 8:10 ; prohibited in Deuteronomy 4:17-18 ). Various identifications of the animals have been suggested, beasts similar to the lions and serpent-dragons of the “Ishtar Gate” in Babylon, animals similar to those serving as mounts for the gods in stone carvings at Maltaya, Egyptian mortuary deities, and totem animals.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Figured Stone'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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