What Clay Seals Can Tell Us about Iron-Age Israel

Jan. 15 2015

Last year, archaeologists discovered lumps of clay (known as bullae) made for sealing documents in Khirbet Summeily in the Negev. Their presence suggests a higher degree of political organization in 10th-century BCE Israel than was previously thought, thus lending greater credibility to the biblical books of Samuel and I Kings. James Hardin, Christopher Rollston, and Jeffrey Blakely explain what this discovery implies (free registration required):

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More about: Ancient Israel, Archaeology, Bible, Book of Kings, History & Ideas, Negev

The Attack on the Colleyville Synagogue and the Battle of Narratives

Jan. 21 2022

In the aftermath of high-profile, violent incidents in the U.S., there is virtually always a national attempt to blame one or the other major political party. Dominic Green, considering the recent hostage-taking at a Colleyville, Texas synagogue, notes that while political discussions of this type may not matter much to the victims of any given attack, they have an invidious effect on our politics. For Jewish parents worried about whether to send their kids to school, he suggests,

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More about: American Jewry, Anti-Semitism, U.S. Politics