Aniconism
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The prohibition of visual images of God was a key principle of Jewish monotheism during the Babylonian captivity in the 5th and 6th centuries BCE which was characterized by forbidding all images of the one God YHWH in his temple. While the rabbinical Judaism of late antiquity held on to the biblical prohibition of images of God, t…

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Micha Brumlik, Frankfurt am Main, “Aniconism”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 24 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0099>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409



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