Dead Sea Scrolls

Qumran Cave IV, Exterior

Qumran Cave IV, Exterior

Qumran Caves are a series of caves, some natural, some artificial, found around the archaeological site of Qumran in the Judean Dessert in the West Bank. It is in a number of these caves that the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. The limestone cliffs above Qumran contain numerous caves that have been used over the millennia: the first traces […]

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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

Did the Philistines Destroy the Israelite Sanctuary at Shiloh?—The Archaeological Evidence

Did the Philistines Destroy the Israelite Sanctuary at Shiloh?—The Archaeological Evidence

The shoals in the sea of archaeology are treacherous indeed. Take the case of Marie-Louise Buhl. Ms. Buhl, a Keeper of the National Museum of Denmark, recently wrote part of the final report on the Danish excavations at Shiloha. Ms. Buhl’s task was admittedly complicated by the fact that the Shiloh excavations had been carried […]

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Medieval Christendom

Clifford’s Tower, York

Clifford’s Tower, York

At the foot of Clifford’s Tower a plaque marks the darkest chapter in the history of York’s Jewish community. On March 16th 1190 a wave of anti-Semitic riots culminated in the massacre of an estimated 150 Jews – the entire Jewish community of York – who had taken refuge in the royal castle where Clifford’s […]

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Returning and Redemption

The British Mandate in Palestine

The British Mandate in Palestine

During the British Mandate, the Jews managed to build up a substantial Jewish national home with a population of 550,000 and independent community institutions. Prof. Ron Zweig, New York University

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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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The Balfour Declaration

The Balfour Declaration

The Balfour Declaration was a commitment that the British made to the Zionist movement during the First World War, wherein Britain undertook to establish a Jewish National Home. The question is, why did the British make this announcement? Prof. Ron Zweig, New York University

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Arab Opposition to the Mandate

Arab Opposition to the Mandate

The British and the Jews did not give enough attention to the fact that there was an existing population in Palestine that did not welcome the creation of the Jewish National Home in Palestine. Prof. Ron Zweig, New York University

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Arabs and Jews Living Together in Palestine

Arabs and Jews Living Together in Palestine

High Commissioner Herbert Samuel tried to bring the Arabs and Israelis together in a legislative council, but the Arabs boycotted it. As a result, Samuel created separate governing institutions for Arabs and Jews and this sealed the fate of the Mandate. Prof.Ron Zweig, New York University

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