The second commandment forbade making images. Hellenistic culture glorified the human form. These two world views clashed in the days of Herod as he tried (and largely succeeded) to mold his kingdom into a Hellenistic one. He imported great numbers of marble statues like this one to grace his palaces and fortresses. The religious Jews resisted this deliberate attempt to introduce what they viewed as paganism into their world.
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