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Love Your Neighbor: Only Israelites or Everyone?

05/30 | The Book of Leviticus tells us to love our neighbors, but who are our neighbors? Does the command mean to just love fellow Israelites—or everyone?   Read more…

Akhenaten and Moses

05/29 | Pharaoh Akhenaten, who abolished the Egyptian pantheon and instituted worship of a single deity, the sun-disk Aten, in the mid-14th century B.C., may have established the world’s first monotheism. Did   Read more…

Understanding the Jewish Menorah

05/27 | The Jewish menorah—especially the Temple menorah, a seven-branched candelabra that stood in the Temple—is the most enduring and iconic Jewish symbol. But what did the Temple menorah actually look like?   Read more…

The Water System That Hydrated Tel Gezer

05/26 | The largest and oldest water system in the ancient Near East can be found at the site of Tel Gezer, according to archaeologists.   Read more…

Making Sense of Kosher Laws

05/24 | The origins of Jewish dietary or kosher laws (kashrut) have long been the subject of scholarly research and debate.   Read more…

Fruit in the Bible

05/23 | Seeds and fruit remains are exciting discoveries for archaeologists, and they provide radiocarbon data to help date buried strata. Fruit also plays an important role in the Biblical narrative.   Read more…

A Feast for the Senses … and the Soul

05/23 | Go on a journey of the senses through history and discover the significance of ritual feasts and meals in antiquity.   Read more…

What Happened to Cain in the Bible?

05/21 | What happened to Cain in the Bible? In the Book of Genesis, we are told about Cain’s birth, his violent act of fratricide and his subsequent exile. We learn that   Read more…

Hazor Excavations’ Amnon Ben-Tor Reveals Who Conquered Biblical Canaanites

05/21 | The Book of Joshua describes how the Israelites vanquished the Biblical Canaanites at Hazor. But is that what really happened?   Read more…

Where Did the Philistines Come From?

05/20 | Excavators at Tell es-Safi/Gath, the site of Gath of the Philistines mentioned in the Bible, found an exceptionally well preserved horned altar reminiscent of the Israelite horned altars described in   Read more…


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