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  • Let My People Know, Let My People Think

    April 17, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    In recent years, in certain circles, it has become fashionable to assert that the Bible is fiction, or that at least key segments of it are fictional. The assertion emanates from two camps. In one of these camps are those who have been described as new or militant atheists. Looking...

  • What if Cyrus had not freed the Jews?

    By Roger Price

    September 24, 2013 | 9:01 am

      Over twenty-five centuries ago, Cyrus II, founder and ruler of the Persian Empire, freed the Jews who had been transported forcibly to Babylon and facilitated the reconstruction of their Temple in Jerusalem. Without the intervention of Cyrus, the Jewish People and Judaism as we...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 2, 2013 | 12:29 pm

    Exploring Jerusalem without leaving home

    Want to visit Jerusalem but currently don't have the time or money to travel to Israel? Thanks to the wonders of the 21st century, you can experience the wonders and magic of Jerusalem without leaving home. Just click on the link and go on...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 21, 2013 | 5:02 am

    Maccabiah 2013- here we go!

    On Thursday, the 19th Maccabiah games (or: the Jewish Olympics) began with a spectacular opening ceremony, held in Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem. Around 32,000 packed the stands, as thousands of Jewish athletes from 77 countries marched around the stadium...

  • The camel’s nose and the Torah’s tent

    By Roger Price

    May 23, 2013 | 3:10 pm

         For those who hold that the Bible, and particularly the Torah, is the Word of God, without flaw and inerrant, the last few hundred years have been very frustrating. The development of the Documentary Hypothesis, the idea that the Torah was a compilation of works from several...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 20, 2013 | 12:39 pm

    A 1500 year old mosaic discovered in Israel

    Israel is a place full of history. In thousands of years, many nations, tribes and empires of many cultures settled here, built and ruined, and left many discoveries to be found. With time, more and more beautiful memories are being...

  • When “written in stone” is more than a phrase, and may even be evidence

    By Roger Price

    March 24, 2013 | 8:04 am

            The Hebrew Bible, thanks in large part to the often literal translation of it in the King James Version, is a source of scores of English idiomatic expressions. We may not know much about biology and history, but we do know, for instance, that a “leopard cannot change its...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 31, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Rare findings from the First Temple era were found near Jerusalem
    Road excavation at a new section of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Highway led to a unique archeological discovery from the first temple era. The ritual building that was found is one of very few findings from Judea during...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 15, 2012 | 10:30 am

    A group of Pro-Palestinians protested during a concert in Berlin, while the Israeli singing group, the Givatron, performed. The Israeli folk group was performing at a Jewish National Fund and Israeli House fundraiser when 10 protesters disrupted the show immediately after the...

  • Monumental Roman-era synagogue uncovered

    July 2, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    Archaeologists digging just a few kilometers from the fishing village where Jesus is believed to have preached, have uncovered a monumental Roman-era synagogue with an exquisite, colorful mosaic floor with fine female faces.

    “An inscription in Hebrew has two female faces on either...

  • Second Temple artifacts uncovered in Jerusalem

    August 8, 2011 | 8:59 am

    Artifacts from the Second Temple period were found in Jerusalem.

    A sword in a scabbard that belonged to a Roman soldier and an engraving of the Temple’s menorah on a stone object were discovered in recent days during excavation work in the 2,000-year-old drainage channel discovered...

  • Oldest ancient teeth found in Israeli cave

    December 28, 2010 | 10:15 am

    Eight teeth found in a cave in central Israel are reportedly the earliest remains of Homo sapiens ever discovered.

    The teeth, discovered in a cave near Rosh Haayin, east of Tel Aviv, have been estimated to be about 400,000 years old. If the initial findings are confirmed, it would...

  • Ancient Roman bathhouse uncovered in Jerusalem

    November 22, 2010 | 5:44 pm

    An 1,800-year-old bathing pool was discovered in excavations prior to the construction of a men’s mikveh in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem.

    The pool was part of a bathhouse used by the Tenth Legion, the Roman soldiers who destroyed the Second Temple, according to the Israel...

  • Scholar claims Dead Sea Scrolls authors never existed

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 16, 2009 | 8:26 pm

    As if that bizarre identity-theft, academic-sabotage case wasn’t odd bad press enough for the Dead Sea Scrolls, now a prominent Israeli scholar is claiming the scrolls’ author, the Essenes, never existed at all. From Time:

    [Rachel] Elior, who teaches Jewish mysticism at Jerusalem’s...

  • Dead Sea Scrolls ensnared in identity theft and academic sabotage

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 6, 2009 | 3:45 pm

    The AP has a brief report on a very strange case:

    The son of a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar has been charged with using stolen identities on the Internet to trash an academic rival of his father.

    Prosecutors say 49-year-old Raphael Haim Golb (GOHLB’) was arrested Thursday at his New...

  • The media and Jesus mythbusters

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 7, 2008 | 1:17 pm

    In light of the hype surrounding the unveiling of an ancient tablet that suggests some Jews were expecting the messiah to rise from the dead after three days, Mollie at GetReligion has some strong words for the media’s affinity for sensationalizing any report that...

  • ‘The Betrayal of Judas’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 25, 2008 | 10:13 am

    Gospel of Judas codex

    What happens when a media company with visions of books and TV specials brokers conditional access of an ancient manuscript? Well, if the saga of “The Gospel of Judas” is any indication, it doesn’t end well. And why should it? National Geographic required a...

  • Blasphemy: Moses was trippin’ at Sinai

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 5, 2008 | 12:17 pm

    “And all the people perceived the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the voice of the horn, and the mountain smoking.” Thus the book of Exodus describes the impressive moment of the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

    The “perceiving of the voices” has been interpreted endlessly...

  • Snapshot of a parted Red Sea

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 22, 2008 | 9:32 am

    Clearly those biblical archaeologists were wrong. Google Earth seems to offer pretty definitive proof that Moses not only led the Israelites out of Egypt but that he parted the Red Sea in the process. (Also pictured, the Garden of Eden, Noah’s ark and a sparsely attended Crucifixion of Jesus.)

  • San Diego museum culls worldwide collections for Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit

    By Brigid Brett

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When a young Bedouin goat-herder entered a long-forgotten cave in the Judean desert and found some old jars filled with strange looking manuscripts, he had no idea he had stumbled upon one of the greatest archaeological treasures of our time - the Dead Sea Scrolls. It was 1947, and...
  • Armchair archeologists can explore Qumran virtually

    By Tom Tugend

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    After glancing at the nearby caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were stored, I walked through the entrance to the main building at Qumran, checked out the scriptorium with its ink wells and oil lamps and the pottery-making workshop, and then up to the four-story tower for spotting...
  • Dig this! Herod’s tomb found after 3-decade hunt

    By Brenda Gazzar

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ruthlessly lavish in his lifetime and a villain of Jewish and Christian narratives alike, the biblical King Herod has captured the world's imagination anew with the discovery of his tomb outside Jerusalem.

    Hebrew University archeologists on May 8 announced the find of the first...
  • Local Team Solves Ancient Mystery

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 1979 two tiny pieces of cracked and deteriorated silver found in a tomb outside of the Old City of Jerusalem proved to be one of the most important archeological discoveries of the century.

    The silver strips had Hebrew writing on them -- albeit a very different-looking Hebrew to...