In the second in a series of four articles, I am raising a subject that has received little attention in modern Hebrew or current archaeology: foot formations in the Land of Israel and in the Bible.
The term for pilgrim in Hebrew is oleh la’regel, or he who goes up on foot. The three pilgrimage feasts in Judaism—Passover, Shavuot (Pentecost) and Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles)—are called regalim, or feet.
Over the last 3,500 years, few in Israel or Judaism devoted much thought to this issue—until Prof. Adam Zartal (1936-2015), an Israeli archaeologist, began an investigation. He developed the revolutionary theory that the giant feet found in six different places in the Holy Land were places of worship and pilgrimage for the ancient Israelites.
The foot in the Bible often denotes God’s sovereignty...
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