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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…

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…

When Egyptian Pharaohs Ruled Bronze Age Jerusalem

05/20 | What were Egyptian pharaohs doing in Bronze Age Jerusalem? Peter van der Veen investigates an Egyptian presence before the time of David.   Read more…

Beth Shean in the Bible and Archaeology

05/19 | Beth Shean plays an important role in the Bible following the death of King Saul and as a major Israelite administrative center. Excavations over the past century have revealed what   Read more…

The Expulsion of the Hyksos

05/18 | In the 16th century B.C.E., Ahmose I overthrew the Hyksos and initiated the 18th Dynasty and the New Kingdom of Egypt. Recent archaeological discoveries at Tel Habuwa shed new light   Read more…


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