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The Shema‘ Yisrael

08/15 | The Shema‘ Yisrael from Deuteronomy 6:4 (“Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one”) is Judaism’s holiest confession. Today, we understand the passage as a monotheistic   Read more…

Biblical Pharisees and Jewish Halakhah

08/15 | The common perception of Biblical Pharisees is that they are a bunch of hypocrites. They taught others to follow Jewish halakhah (law) closely and interpreted detailed rules from the scriptures,   Read more…

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 Edomite Stronghold of Sela

08/12 | In one of the Old Testament’s colder and more brutal episodes, King Amaziah of Judah (c. 801–783 B.C.E.), after having slain nearly 10,000 Edomites in battle near the southern end   Read more…

How December 25 Became Christmas

08/12 | Theological scholar Andrew McGowan examines how December 25 came to be associated with the birthday of Jesus and became Christmas, a holiday celebrated by Christians around the world.   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…

Lilith

08/11 | In most manifestations of her myth, Lilith represents chaos, seduction and ungodliness. Yet, in her every guise, Lilith has cast a spell on humankind. Who is Lilith in the Bible?   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…


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