Our world is filled with objects that have special cultural significance. As we look at the Islamic world, we think of the veils worn by many Muslim women. Things such as Coca-Cola and McDonald’s have come to symbolize the United States.

The writers of the Text mentioned many “things,” each with a particular use and meaning in biblical culture. Unfortunately, many of these objects disappeared over time. Other objects remained, but took on a different meaning in new cultures.

Biblical scholars and archaeologists have learned a great deal about the many things that filled ancient culture. This section shares some of their discoveries, and helps us see each object the same way that it was viewed by the writers of the Text.


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