Middle East Department/Palestine Exploration Fund lecture
Divine sight, divine justice, and eye-stones in the archaeological record and in the Hebrew Bible
Thursday 7 March 2013,
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Diana Edelman, University of Chicago, discusses eye-shaped stones which were part of Mesopotamian culture for two thousand years.
In the Hebrew Bible, sight is an integral part of human and divine justice. A number of passages refer to God’s eyes and assume that the Deity sees what transpires on earth in the light of day and is able to dispense justice accordingly.
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Agate eye-stone dedicated to Nergal by Nebuchadnezzar II. From Mesopotamia, Late Babylonian, 604–562 BC.