Dead Sea Scrolls

A Conversation with Yigael Yadin

A Conversation with Yigael Yadin

Yigael Yadin discusses his roles as an archaeologist and as an Israeli general.

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Jews in the Greco-Roman Period

Shaye J.D. Cohen. “Did Ancient Jews Missionize.” Bible Review 19, 4, (2003).

Shaye J.D. Cohen. “Did Ancient Jews Missionize.” Bible Review 19, 4, (2003).

Was ancient Judaism a missionary religion? Well, it depends on what you mean by “missionary.” In one sense—say, in contrast to Christianity—Judaism, with one exception of short duration, never was. From earliest times Christianity saw the propagation of its faith as one of its central tenets. Early Christians taught that paganism was empty and worthless […]

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Jewish Mysticism

The Catastrophe of Sabbetai Zvi

The Catastrophe of Sabbetai Zvi

Sabbetai Zvi was a manic-depressive who had a huge effect on world Jewry in the Ottoman Empire and on the study of Kabbalah. See also: Shabbatai Zvi and Sabbateanism

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Hebrew Bible

The Deuteronomistic History

The Deuteronomistic History

Overview Life in the Land (Joshua and Judges), Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses (Transcription), 2006. Prophets and Kings (1 and 2 Samuel), Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses (Transcription), 2006. Response to Catastrophe (1 and 2 Kings), Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses (Transcription), 2006. Biblical History- From Joshua to Samuel, c. 1200-1000 BCE, Steven Feldman, COJS. […]

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Medieval Christendom

Seal-stamp for unleavened bread, 14th century Catalonia

Seal-stamp for unleavened bread, 14th century Catalonia

Gilded metal, 14th century, Catalonia (copy of the original in the Museum of l’Espluga de Francolí). Bears an inscription in Hebrew meaning “For seven days eat matzot in peace.” To be considered suitable for consumption on Passover by the Jewish community, matzot had to be marked with special seals like this one.  

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Returning and Redemption

Anti-Semitism in the Muslim World

Anti-Semitism in the Muslim World

Hitler and the Nazis took antisemitism to the Muslim world and North Africa. There, they sought to recruit local Muslims to join them against their common enemy.

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Medieval Islamic Lands

Forced Conversion of the Jews of Aden

Forced Conversion of the Jews of Aden

Geniza Document, trans. S. D. Goitein, in Mosseri Collection, L-12, Letters of Medieval Jewish Traders (Princeton, 1973), pp. 213–15. Excerpted from Norman Stillman, Jews of Arab Lands, 247-248. (August 1198) to Aden. Immediately after his arrival he was brought before the self-styled caliph, who said to him: “Become a Muslim, or you will cause the death of your brethren.” […]

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Early Modern Period

Mercantilism

Mercantilism

Overview Overview- Mercantilism Secondary sources Israel, Jonathan. “An Amsterdam Jewish Merchant of the Golden Age- Jeronimo Nunes Da Costa (1620-1697), Agent of Portugal in the Dutch Republic.” Studia Rosenthaliana 18, no. 1 (1984)- 21-40. Israel, Jonathan. “The Economic Contribution of Dutch Sephardi Jewry to Holland’s Golden Age, 1595-1713.” Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis 96, no. 4 (1983)- […]

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Who Were the Biblical Philistines?

Who Were the Biblical Philistines?

What does archaeology tell us about the biblical Philistines?

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Interior of the synagogue at Sardis, in modern Turkey, 4th-6th centuries CE.

Interior of the synagogue at Sardis, in modern Turkey, 4th-6th centuries CE.

The synagogue of Sardis is notable for its size and location. In size it is one of the largest ancient synagogues excavated. In location it is found in the center of the urban center, instead of on the periphery as synagogues typically were. This attests to the strength and wealth of the Jewish community in […]

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The Pharaoh of the Exodus, 1279-1213 BCE

The Pharaoh of the Exodus, 1279-1213 BCE

Exodus 1: 8             “Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.”   Mummy of Ramesses the Great Exodus 14:23 “The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea.” Battle of Kadesh, Temple of Ramses II at Abu Simbel The Battle of Kadesh […]

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