therio-

therio-

Animals.
[G. thēr, thērion, beast]
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Already in 1939, Johannes Hemple ("Die Grenzen des Anthropomorphismus Jahwes im Alten Testament," ZAW 57 [1939]: 75) was able to dismiss this "naiven entwiclungsgeschichtlichen Auffassung ..., da[beta] etwa regelma[beta]ig der Theriomorphismus dem Anthropomorphismus habe vorausgehen mussen." In fact, he pointed out "keine Aufeinandefolge des Therio- und Anthropomorphismus klar nachweisbar its." Henri Frankfort has pointed out that such a theory of Stufenfolge "ignores the fact that the earliest divine statues which have been preserved represent the god Min in human shape.