After Hadrian’s Banishment: Jews in Christian Jerusalem

This article has been adapted by BAR editor Hershel Shanks from a lengthy scholarly study by Professors Yoram Tsafrir and Leah di Segni of Hebrew University in Liber Annuus, published by the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum.1 This adaptation was made with the authors’ permission. After the Romans destroyed the Temple and burned Jerusalem in 70 […]

2,000 Ancient Aramaic Business Scribbles (including the delivery of 30 mice)

Once a week I drive from Jerusalem to my daughter’s. She lives in Shoham, a little town near Ben Gurion Airport on the highway to Tel Aviv. In just a half hour, the mountains of Jerusalem gradually give way to open plains. Most of the fields here are cultivated. The color of the fields […]

Ancient Israel Through a Social Scientific Lens

In broad scope, our extensive knowledge of the “world of the Bible” was formed in three stages. The 19th century saw the early exploration of the Holy Land and surrounding countries by people like the American Edward Robinson, the Frenchmen Victor Guérin and Charles Clermont-Ganneau and especially the explorers associated with the British Palestine […]

Love Your Neighbor: Only Israelites or Everyone?

It’s one of the most famous lines in the Bible: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18).


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