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Archeology

Germany to return papers of Kafka’s friend Max Brod to Israel

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

BERLIN, Germany (AFP) — German police on Tuesday will hand over to Israel thousands of stolen papers and manuscripts belonging to Max Brod, the friend and literary executor of Czech writer Franz Kafka. Brod, who died in Tel Aviv in 1968, is primarily responsible for Kafka’s success as one of the 20th century’s most influential … Read More

9 rare photos from Israel’s War of Independence

Friday, May 10, 2019

Thursday is Israel’s Independence Day, which commemorates the country’s official Declaration of Independence in 1948. The country celebrated with rallies, fireworks displays, flyovers by the Israeli Air Force and family barbecues. It was a hard-fought independence — the day after the declaration, a coalition of Arab armies attacked and started what Israel calls its War … Read More

High-tech study of ancient stone suggests new proof of King David’s dynasty

Friday, May 3, 2019

Since the early 1990s, scholars have pointed to a barely readable bit of text on a nearly 3,000-year-old stone as possibly the first extra-biblical historical proof of the Davidic Monarchy. The reading, based upon decades of educated guesses, is notable for what can’t be fully discerned in the Moabite script almost as much as what … Read More

Archaeologist: Thick wall found at Lachish indicates King Solomon’s son built it

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

An archaeologist has recently uncovered a fortified wall in the ancient city of Lachish, a discovery he said shores up the biblical account of the site and suggests that a centralized kingdom ruled by King David and his descendants was founded and expanded earlier than previously believed. Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, head of the Hebrew University … Read More

Tiny First Temple find could be first proof of aide to biblical King Josiah

Monday, April 1, 2019

Two minuscule 2,600-year-old inscriptions recently uncovered in the City of David’s Givati Parking Lot excavation are vastly enlarging the understanding of ancient Jerusalem in the late 8th century BCE. The two inscriptions, in paleo-Hebrew writing, were found separately in a large First Temple structure within the span of a few weeks by long-term team members Ayyala … Read More

5th century Greek inscription found at site of ancient Samaritan rebellion

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

A salvage excavation ahead of the construction of a new neighborhood in the central Israel village of Tzur Natan has unearthed rare written evidence of much earlier occupation — 1,600 years earlier — when the agriculturally fertile area was racked by turmoil and rebellion. Just outside an ancient wine press in the small southern Sharon … Read More

Kid on school trip unearths Second Temple-era coin in West Bank stream

Monday, January 28, 2019

A boy found a 2,000-year-old coin from the Second Temple-era rule of Herod Agrippa, the last king of Judea, during a hike last week in the northern West Bank. The rare piece was uncovered in the Shilo stream during a school trip, according to a Sunday statement from the Coordinator of Government Activities in the … Read More

Biblical site tied to Ark of the Covenant unearthed at convent in central Israel

Monday, January 14, 2019

A massive 8th century BCE man-made platform discovered at a Catholic convent in central Israel may have served as an ancient shrine to the Ark of the Covenant, said leading Tel Aviv University archaeologist Israel Finkelstein. Unearthed at Kiriath-Jearim, the shrine gives potential new insight into the political machinations of the sibling kingdoms of Judah and … Read More