Arad: Israelite Altar

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Only foundation stones ascribed to the altar from stratum XI remain, these have been incorporated into the stratum X sacrificial altar. This altar seems to have been constructed as a 5 cubit square 3 cubits height - as is instructed in (Ex 27:1). Again following Ex 20:25 it was constructed of uncut stones with a core of earth and clay. The top was flint with a channel for the blood of the sacrificial animal. All four corners had been broken off, which makes it impossible to know if this altar was horned following Ex 27:2 (but cf. Am 3:14).

Two small bowls were found on the base of the altar, however their purpose and significance is much disputed.

Cf. 1351.


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