Idols of the Bible
For TYPES of idolatry mentioned in the Bible, see: Idolatry
Various idols (representations of false gods) are mentioned in the Bible:
“Nothing can be more instructive and significant than this multiplicity and variety of words designating the instruments and inventions of idolatry.”
Those who make an image, all of them are useless,
And their precious things shall not profit;
They are their own witnesses;
They neither see nor know, that they may be ashamed. —Isaiah 44:9 NKJV
Denuded and scultured trees, poles or posts representative of the goddess Asherah (aka Astarte, Ishtar, etc.), and sometimes carved stone or of silver
Hebrew: Teraphim, plural, meaning: “images;” “a family idol”
Hebrew: Matztzebah, meaning: something stationed, i.e., a column or (memorial stone); a “statue” set up (Jeremiah 43:13); a memorial stone like that erected by Jacob (Genesis 28:18; 31:45; 35:14, 20), by Joshua (Joshua 4:9), and by Samuel (1 Samuel 7:12).
Hebrew: Chamman or Hammanim, meaning: “sun-images” or “sun-pillars”
Hebrew: 'Emah, meaning: “terror,” in allusion to the hideous form of idols (Jeremiah 50:38)
Hebrew: 'Atsab, meaning: “a figure;” from the root “to fashion,” “to labor;” denoting that idols are the result of man’s labor (Isaiah 48:5; Psalm 139:24, “wicked way;” literally, as some translate, “way of an idol”).
Hebrew: Tsir, meaning: “a form;” “shape” (Isaiah 45:16).
Hebrew: Maskith, meaning: “device” (Leviticus 26:1; Numbers 33:52). In Leviticus 26:1, the words “image of stone” (King James Version) denote “a stone or cippus with the image of an idol, as Baal, Astarte, etc.” In Ezek. 8:12, “chambers of imagery” (maskith), are “chambers of which the walls are painted with the figures of idols;” compare ver. 10,11.
Heqet is the Egyptian goddess of fertility and was represented as a frog and was identified with false godess Hathor (usually represented as a cow) who supposedly personified feminine love, motherhood and joy.
Idols to the moles and bats
Specific false gods of idolaters
- golden calf
- Host of heaven
- Image of Jealousy
- Malcam (Malkam, Malcham, Milkowm, Milcom)
- Milcom (Malcam, Malkam, Malcham, Milkowm)
- Moloch (Molech, Milcom, Malcham)
- Nebo (Nabu)
- Sin, a moon god
- Tammuz (Dumuzi, Adonis)
- For more idols, see Idolatrous religions / False gods of Egypt
- About idolatry and false goods in the Bible
- What are graven images?
- What are Teraphim?