Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Idolatry Definition:

The worship of images or icons or even intangible things.

Robert Yelle wrote:

The prohibition against idolatry goes back to the Ten Commandments, which were supposedly given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai.

These laws stated in part: You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous god.

Idolatry ... strictly referred to the making and worship of images....


  • Yelle, Robert, Bentham's Fictions: Canon and Idolatry in the Genealogy of Law, 17 Yale J.L. & Human. 151 (2005)

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