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Fertility Cults
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Fertility Cults
Fertility Cults Ancient Near Eastern religions devoted to sexual gods and reproductive practices.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Fertility Cults
FERTILITY CULTS. As in many ancient cultures, so in the Near East the experience of the numinous was closely associated with natural phenomena. The elements of air, water, earth, and fire were universally recognized as possessing or manifesting divine qualities. As these early cultures developed, the
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Fertility Cult
FERTILITY CULT General term for religions marked by rites which reenact a myth accounting for the orderly change of the seasons and the earth’s fruitfulness. Such myths often involve a great mother-goddess as a symbol of fertility and a male deity, usually her consort but sometimes a son, who like vegetation
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Fertility Cults
fertility cults. Since the classic work of James G. Frazer at the beginning of the 20th cent. (e.g., Adonis, Attis, Osiris, 3rd ed. [1914]), it has been widely held that a number of cults promoted the fertility of men, animals, and crops by celebrating the myth of a dying-and-rising god with rites of
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
FERTILITY CULT
FERTILITY CULT. Matters of fertility-both human fecundity and the agricultural fertility of crops and herds-were of significant concern to most ANE cultures, including Israel. After all, the first commandment found in the Bible is God’s instruction to humanity to “be fruitful and multiply” (Gen 1:28),
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