A misunderstanding of cult

Here is a link about new find in Israel.


A massive cult complex, dating back about 3,300 years, has been discovered at the site of Tel Burna in Israel.


I do not know what we will ultimately conclude about the Tel Burna dig.

What interests me is that in the comments people have completely misunderstood the word “cult”.  To say that this was a cult complex is not a judgement on the kookiness of the religion these people practiced.  In this context, “cult” just means it was a place for religious ritual. Archeologists and other scholars call Israel’s temple in Jerusalem a cult center too.  And priests of any religion are called cultic officials.  It has nothing to do with the modern term for off-beat religions.


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I have many interests, but will blog mostly about what I read in the fields of Bible and religion.
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