Va’ethkhanan: “and thou sawest not an image.” The origins of Israelite iconoclasm.

Presented by David Meir-Levi

There is a hitherto un-noted polemic in Deuteronomy 4:11ff. Why? Against what is the deuteronomist polemicizing? Is this polemic needed to contradict the ineffable of Exodus 24:10ff? Or perhaps what the Israelites saw at Mt. Sinai per Exodus 20:15? Or perhaps the syncretism against which Biblical prophets railed. When did Israelite iconoclasm displace Hebrew pre-monotheistic concepts of God’s image, or gods’ images? Who are the gods of Exodus 15:11? For the answers to these and other fascinating questions, join us at the Shabbat Shi’ur on August 12