In the Archaeological Views column “The Great Tekhelet Debate—Blue or Purple?” (BAR, September/October 2013) Baruch and Judy Taubes Sterman of the Jerusalem-based Ptil Tekhelet Foundation suggest that God’s chosen color for the ancient Israelites was a sky-blue derived from murex dye. In a letter to BAR, Professor Zvi C. Koren, director of the Edelstein Center for the Analysis of Ancient Artifacts at the Shenker College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan, Israel, criticizes the Stermans’ analysis, to which the Stermans have replied. In a new letter published on January 2, 2014, Koren responds to the Stermans’ letter.
Read What Color Was Tekhelet? in Bible History Daily.
Read Regarding the Color of Tekhelet by Zvi C. Koren in Bible History Daily.
Read Baruch and Judy Taubes Sterman Respond in Bible History Daily.
Read Zvi C. Koren’s Reply to the Stermans’ Response in Bible History Daily.
BAS Library Members: Read “Archaeological Views: The Great Tekhelet Debate—Blue or Purple?” by Baruch and Judy Taubes Sterman as it appeared in the September/October 2013 issue of BAR