Massive section of Western Wall and Roman theater uncovered after 1,700 years

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Archaeologists are one step closer to solving the riddle of what took place in Jerusalem following the destruction of the city by Romans in 70 CE. Israel Antiquity Authority archaeologists announced Monday that for the past two years they have been excavating and exposing a massive eight-meter deep section of Jerusalem’s Western Wall, unseen for … Read More

Israeli PM Netanyahu Hosts Bible Study at His Official Jerusalem Residence

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday hosted a Bible study session at his official residence in Jerusalem. The event was named in honor of Shmuel Ben-Artzi, the late father of the prime minister’s wife, Sara Netanyahu. The annual Bible study event is a tradition dating back to the country’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. Former … Read More

In unsubtle critique, Israel gifts UNESCO Arch of Titus replica

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Israel handed a replica of a frieze from the Arch of Titus to the head of UNESCO, using the monument commemorating Rome’s victory over Jerusalem for a not-so-subtle critique of the organization’s resolutions that ignore Jewish links to the holy city. The idea originally came from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after the United Nations Educational … Read More

Jerusalem welcomed Jewish refugees 2,300 years ago, new finds show

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Millennia ago, Jerusalem may have opened its doors to thousands of refugees from the north of the country. A new cache of First Temple bullae (sealings) discovered in an excavation at Jerusalem’s City of David shows a mixture of names from the Kingdom of Israel and Judah used on official bureaucratic correspondence dating from after … Read More

2,000-year-old stone workshop discovered near where Jesus turned water into wine

Monday, September 18, 2017

There are few worse prospects for the hostess of a Jewish wedding than running out of drinks. Empathizing with such a predicament as a guest at a wedding in Cana some 2,000 years ago, Jesus’s mother Mary asked her special son to step up and “do something.” Although he initially demurs, Jesus eventually orders servants … Read More

Sites vie to be seen as Christianity’s ‘lost’ city of Bethsaida

Monday, September 18, 2017

In the New Testament, Bethsaida is a place of miracles. Here, Jesus cured a blind man, turned a few loaves and fishes into food for 5,000, and walked on water. But mysteriously, its location was lost. Now, dueling archaeological excavations place it in the same vicinity on the northern bank of the Sea of Galilee, … Read More