Greco-Roman Period

The Gigantic Dimensions of the Visionary Temple in the Temple Scroll
By September 14, 2016 Read More →

The Gigantic Dimensions of the Visionary Temple in the Temple Scroll

The Temple Scroll and its contents have already been described at some length for BAR readers by the scroll’s editor, the late Yigael Yadin. Until his untimely death in 1984, Professor Yadin was Israel’s most famous archaeologist.a The Temple Scroll is the longest of all the Dead Sea Scrolls (27 feet), and it may well be […]

Roman Judea – Overview
By September 13, 2016 Read More →

Roman Judea – Overview

Jews lived under Rome starting 63 BCE. This was a very important time in Jewish history. Prof. Steven Fine, Yeshiva University, Produced by Down Low Pictures for COJS

Roman Judean Times
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Roman Judean Times

The Roman Judean period was a period of ultimate crisis for the Jews. There’s been no period like this first century after the Temple was destroyed. Prof. Steven Fine, Yeshiva University, Produced by Down Low Pictures for COJS

Jews in Ancient Rome
By September 12, 2016 Read More →

Jews in Ancient Rome

We don’t know a lot about what the Jews were like in ancient Rome in the second century BCE, when Jews and Romans had a mutual enemy known as the Seleucid Greeks. Prof. Steven Fine, Yeshiva University, Produced by Down Low Pictures for COJS

Seleucus II Kallinikos
By September 12, 2016 Read More →

Seleucus II Kallinikos

  Seleucus II Kallinikos, the king of Syria portrayed on a silver coin 246-226 BCE, with the god Apollo on reverse side.

Coin minted during the reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphus portraying a cornucopia, 285-246 BCE (reverse).
By September 12, 2016 Read More →

Coin minted during the reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphus portraying a cornucopia, 285-246 BCE (reverse).

 

Ancient Synagogues
By September 12, 2016 Read More →

Ancient Synagogues

Jews came together in synagogues because Jews need holy places when there is no Temple. There is an architectural identity between synagogues and the Temple. Prof. Steven Fine, Yeshiva University, Produced by Down Low Pictures for COJS

Arsinoe II
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Arsinoe II

Arsinoë II was a Ptolemaic Greek Princess of Ancient Egypt and through marriage was Queen of Thrace, Asia Minor and Macedonia as wife of King Lysimachus and later co-ruler of Egypt with her brother-husband Ptolemy II Philadelphus.

Shaye J.D. Cohen. “Did Ancient Jews Missionize.” Bible Review 19, 4, (2003).
By April 18, 2016 Read More →

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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Interior of the synagogue at Sardis, in modern Turkey, 4th-6th centuries CE.
By April 17, 2016 Read More →

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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