Mishnah: (from the Hebrew, to “repeat”) The body of Jewish oral law, specifically the collection of oral laws compiled by Rabbi Judah the Prince in the second century.


The possible exception is an open-air cult center also from the period of the Judges. This site was found very recently. It was investigated by Amihai Mazar, who has already written a report for BAR readers (“Bronze Bull Found in Israelite ‘High Place’ from the Time of the Judges,” BAR 09:05). This cult center was built on a mountain, as was our site. It was surrounded by an elliptical wall, as was our site. But if it had an altar, it was preserved only in a single stone about four feet long, three feet high and about one and three-fourths feet thick.