Our 35th Anniversary

With this issue we begin our year-long celebration of our 35th anniversary.

How the Alphabet Was Born from Hieroglyphs

To the Asiatics, as they were called, the lush Nile Delta, with its open marshlands rich with fish and fowl, was a veritable Garden of Eden. From earliest times, Canaanites and other Asiatics would come and settle here. Indeed, this is the background of the Biblical story of the famine in Canaan that […]

Prize Find: Oldest Hebrew Inscription Discovered in Israelite Fort on Philistine Border

A little more than a year ago, we reported on a new excavation (directed by the Hebrew University’s Yosef Garfinkel and Saar Ganor) of an imposing Israelite fort on the border with Philistia dating to the late 11th–early tenth century B.C.E., the time of David and Solomon.a It was occupied during this period only […]

New Evidence of the Royal Stoa and Roman Flames

Orit Peleg-Barkat of the Hebrew University has been studying the hundreds of elegant fragments that fell from the Royal Stoa on the herodian Temple Mount in Jerusalem when it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 C.E. In the course of her research, she came across some unusual-looking stones, so she consulted leading Israeli […]

First Person: A “Do-er” Dies
Mendel Kaplan (1936–2009) By Hershel Shanks