Dead Sea Scrolls

Coin of Antiochos IV Epiphanes

Coin of Antiochos IV Epiphanes

Courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group The reverse shows Zeus(King of the Gods) enthroned carrying the Goddess Nike(Victory). See also: Silver Tetradrachm of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, 164 BCE

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Jews in the Greco-Roman Period

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament, James C. VanderKam, BAR 41:02, Mar/Apr 2015.

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament, James C. VanderKam, BAR 41:02, Mar/Apr 2015.

What do the Dead Sea Scrolls tell us about the New Testament? One possible answer is: Nothing. The scrolls were associated with a relatively small group, or, rather, with several small groups.aOther Jewish people, like the first Christians, may not even have known about their sectarian writings. In fact, there is no evidence that any […]

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Jewish Mysticism

Jewish Mysticism And Esotericism

Jewish Mysticism And Esotericism

Edited by Prof. Elliot R. Wolfson, with the assistance of Dr. Hartley Lachter This site is designed to serve as an introduction to the main historical periods and theoretical currents of Jewish Mysticism, Esotericism and Kabbalah, ranging from the Bible, through the Talmud, the Zohar, Isaac Luria, the Baal Shem Tov and beyond. The theoretical […]

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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

The Jews of Medieval Western Christendom, 1000-1500

The Jews of Medieval Western Christendom, 1000-1500

Edited by Prof. Robert Chazan With the assistance of Abby Kornfeld and Eytan Zadoff Overview- The Jews of Medieval Western Christendom, 1000-1500 The Church and the Jews Popular Perceptions and Violence The State and the Jews Jewish Responses to Material Challenges Jewish Responses to Spiritual Challenges

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Returning and Redemption

IDF Enters Jerusalem

IDF Enters Jerusalem

Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Yitzhak Rabin in the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem during the Six Day War, with Moshe Dayan and Uzi Narkiss. Photo courtesy of Ilan Bruner.

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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

Jews in the Early Modern Period, 1450-1750

Jews in the Early Modern Period, 1450-1750

Early Modern Period Edited by Prof. Magda Teter and Prof. Miriam Bodian Images provided by The Jewish Theological Seminary   Introduction to Jews in the Early Modern Period Jewish Population-Overview Cultural Trends Economy

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Background to Hanukkah: Inscription Reveals Roots of Maccabean Revolt, Hershel Shanks, BAR 34:06, Nov-Dec 2008.

Background to Hanukkah: Inscription Reveals Roots of Maccabean Revolt, Hershel Shanks, BAR 34:06, Nov-Dec 2008.

A major new inscription that recently surfaced on the antiquities market and has been acquired by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem sheds dramatic new light on the run-up to the Maccabean revolt in the second century B.C.E.1 Until now, almost everything we know about the Maccabean revolt, which freed the Temple from the desecration of […]

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Jews of Yemen

Jews of Yemen

Primary Sources Forced Conversion of the Jews of Aden Secondary Sources The Exodus from Yemen

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The Jews in Medieval Islamic Lands

The Jews in Medieval Islamic Lands

Edited by Prof. Arnold E. Franklin, Queens College, City University of New York With the assistance of Stanley Mirvis 6-16th centuries The Jews Under Islam, Part One, Shelom Dov Goitein, The Jewish World: History and Culture of the Jewish People 1500-today Jews of Yemen  

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