Sep 9 Blog
Oct 11 Blog
By: Dorothy Willette
With the holiday season (and all of the associated feasting) upon us, we took a cue from the candy, cookies and turkeys and stuffed the November/December 2012 issue of BAR full of great articles and fascinating columns. Learn about texts: from references to Yahweh at Kuntillet ‘Ajrud to a single scribal hand at Masada and Qumran. Get to the heart of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament with discussions on David's Tomb and the birth of Christian identity.
Oct 10 Blog
By: Reviewed by Shaye J.D. Cohen
The fiscus Judaicus was a tax imposed on the Jews of the Roman Empire by Emperor Vespasian in the early 70s C.E. Whereas formerly the Jews had sent a half shekel (two drachmas) annually to the Temple of Jerusalem, now, after the Roman destruction, they would be required to send that same amount to the temple of Jupiter Capitolinus in Rome, which had been badly damaged by fire and was in need of repair and restoration.