NELC 150

Introduction to the Bible

Slide 43

Deities standing on bulls. Fig. 500 is a relief on a stele from the 8th or 7th century BCE found 25 kilometers from Aleppo, Syria. It shows the deity holding, in his left hand, a three-pronged thunderbolt and reins which guide the bull, and in his right hand a leaf or cone. Fig. 501 is a relief on a stele of the 8th century BCE from Arslan Tash, in northern Syria, showing a storm god holding a double three-pronged fork, representing lightning, in each hand.