What does archaeology tell us about the biblical Philistines?
Archive for April, 2016
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Translation: “I read your letter and I do not accept the assumption that all existing national treasures in our country have been discovered or are already known. I do not see myself as a researcher although I explore for myself from time to time subjects that I have interest in or I am asked about. […]
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 […]
Numbers 33:5-7: “The Israelites set out from Rameses… and they encamped at Migdol.” Slaves Escaping into Sinai Are Seen at Migdol, Papyrus Anastasi V, c. 1250 BCE: “I was sent forth from the broad halls of the palace… following after two slaves. When I reached the fortress, they told me that the scout had come […]
Exodus 12:15: “Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread…” Egyptian leavened bread from the Tomb of Kha, 1351 BCE, Museo Egizio, Turin, Italy
Exodus 5:18: Pharaoh: “So go now and work; for you will be given no straw, yet you must deliver the quota of bricks.” Wall painting from the Tomb of Rekhmire, 15th Century BC Papyrus Anastasi IV, 1250 BC: “. . . and there are neither men to make bricks nor straw.” British Museum […]
Was there a man called Moses, and if so, when did he live? Exodus 7:7: “Moses was eighty years old and Aaron was eighty-three, when they spoke to Pharaoh.” Deuteronomy 34:7: “Although Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated.” Working backwards from […]