IDOL MAKERS. Craftsmen made idols of various materials—wood, stone, metal, and pottery. Besides this, there were miniature idols or amulets and scarabs made by jewelers and workers in steatite and semiprecious stones. Because of the value of the metal, idols made of silver or gold might be cast hollow. Those made of bronze or lead might be overlaid with silver or gold. There is, however, a bronze alloy that looks much like gold, and this was prob. not overlaid with a precious metal. Silver and gold were sometimes beaten into thin plates and then fashioned into shape over wooden, stone, or metal idols (
Small household gods, usually of Astarte, were often made of pottery, either in a press mold or fashioned by hand. Small figurines of Baal were common in Syria, but they were usually cast of a base metal and overlaid with gold foil.
The most famous animal idols in the history of Israel were Aaron’s golden calf of Sinai (
The NT has nothing to say about idol making.