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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…

Jonah and the Whale

05/28 | The Book of Jonah is read in the synagogue on the afternoon of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, the sacred Day of Atonement. Why, of all   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…

Excavating Ancient Pella, Jordan

05/25 | According to fourth-century church historian Eusebius, on the eve of Jerusalem’s destruction by the Romans in 70 A.D., Jesus’ followers miraculously escaped the city and fled to Pella of the   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…

Roman Emperor Nerva’s Reform of the Jewish Tax

05/22 | Roman Emperor Nerva’s reform of the Jewish Tax had a significant effect on Jews and Christians of the first century C.E.   Read more…


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