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A Feast for the Senses … and the Soul

08/15 | Go on a journey of the senses through history and discover the significance of ritual feasts and meals in antiquity.   Read more…

6,500-Year-Old Ur Skeleton Resurfaces in Penn Museum

08/12 | A 6,500-year-old skeleton from the site of Ur in present-day Iraq was recently rediscovered in the basement of the Penn Museum.   Read more…

The Samaritan Schism

08/11 | In part two of his study on schisms in Jewish history, Lawrence H. Schiffman examines the Samaritan schism.   Read more…

Unraveling Mummy Mysteries at Tulane

08/08 | Tulane University researchers are unveiling the mysteries of Egyptian artifacts that have been in the university collection for 160 years.   Read more…

Jesus as Lord of the Dance

08/08 | The apocryphal Acts of John describe the dance of Jesus and the apostles. How widespread was the ritual of dance in Christian worship?   Read more…

Coins Celebrating the Great Revolt Against the Romans Unearthed near Jerusalem

08/05 | Excavations near Jerusalem uncovered a rare hoard of coins dating to the fourth year of the Great Revolt against the Romans (69/70 C.E.).   Read more…

The Limits of Tolerance: Halakhah and History

08/05 | In part one of his study on schisms in Jewish history, Lawrence H. Schiffman examines the early history of Jewish unity and disunity.   Read more…

Heart Disease in Mummies

08/04 | Today, heart disease is one of the greatest threats to our health. Recent studies demonstrate that even our ancient ancestors suffered from heart disease.   Read more…

Josephus on the Essenes

08/01 | Josephus’s commentaries on the laws and characteristics of the Essene community have been invaluable to scholars studying ancient Jewish laws and customs.   Read more…

Understanding the Good Samaritan Parable

08/01 | Who were the Samaritans? Dr. Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University explains how getting an accurate answer to this question can shed light on how shocking the Good Samaritan parable would   Read more…


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