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Archeology

Tiny First Temple seal impression found with name of Bible-era royal steward

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

A minuscule 7th century BCE clay sealing reading “Belonging to Adoniyahu, the Royal Steward,” was recently discovered in the City of David’s sifting project. In earth excavated from the foundations of the Western Wall under Robinson’s Arch in 2013, a national service volunteer some three weeks ago unearthed the one-centimeter inscribed letter sealer bearing the … Read More

NEW ARCHEOLOGICAL FINDINGS AT GOLIATH’S BIRTHPLACE RECONTEXTUALIZE HISTORY

Thursday, September 5, 2019

A new layer to the ancient Philistine city of Gath has been uncovered in an archaeological excavation led by Aren Maeir of Bar-Ilan University which has the potential to re-contextualize much of biblical history. Known to historians as part of the Pentapolis of Philistine cities – a group of five cities, consisting of Ashkelon, Ashdod, … Read More

Israeli Archaeologists May Have Found Emmaus, Where Jesus Appeared After Crucifixion

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Archaeologists have uncovered the massive walls of a 2,200-year-old Hellenistic fortification that may have been built by the Seleucid general who defeated Judah the Maccabee, the famed Jewish leader at the center of the Hanukkah story. In an unexpected twist, the discovery could also help identify the location of the biblical town of Emmaus, where … Read More

Archaeologists unearth the gate to Goliath’s hometown

Thursday, July 25, 2019

  Monumental Iron Age remains from the ancient Philistine city of Gath, once the home of the legendary biblical giant Goliath, surfaced this summer during excavations by a Bar-Ilan University-led team of archaeologists. Gath, one of the five cities of the ancient foes of the Israelites, was one of the largest cities in the region … Read More

A ‘game changer’: Vast, developed 9,000-year-old settlement found near Jerusalem

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

An unprecedentedly vast Neolithic settlement — the largest ever discovered in Israel and the Levant, say archaeologists — is currently being excavated ahead of highway construction five kilometers from Jerusalem, it was announced on Tuesday. The 9,000-year-old site, located near the town of Motza, is the “Big Bang” for prehistory settlement research due to its … Read More

Biblical Shikmona reveals its purple-dyed secrets

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    The first biblical-era facility for producing prestigious purple-dyed textiles has been uncovered at Tel Shikmona, south of Haifa. “Until now, there has not been any meaningful direct archeological evidence of workshops for the production of purple-colored textiles from the Iron Age – the biblical period – not even in Tyre and Sidon, which … Read More

US envoys lend a hand as Israel digs down in east Jerusalem

Monday, July 1, 2019

US envoys wielded hammers on Sunday to break open a new tunnel at a Jewish heritage site in east Jerusalem, signaling Washington’s support for Israel’s hold over parts of the city that Palestinians seek for a future state. US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman attended the event along with three other visiting American ambassadors as … Read More

Building projects at entrance to Jerusalem means real growth (and some growing pains)

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

(June 25, 2019 / JNS) Just like “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” neither was Jerusalem, says Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum. As a part of the city’s development endeavors, Jerusalem’s main entrance will undergo a grand makeover—a million-square-meter project including construction of a new entryway into the city, extension of the light rail … Read More

Ancient observation tower discovered in present IDF paratrooper base

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

An ancient observation tower was discovered in southern Israel on Wednesday in an IDF paratrooper base. The tower dates back to the days of the King Hezekiah, who ruled the Kingdom of Judah almost 3,000 years ago, according to the Bible. “The strategic location of the tower served as a lookout and warning point against … Read More