An Ancient Israelite Woman with Her Own Stone Seal

March 9 2016

Israeli archaeologists have unearthed two stone seals from the First Temple period; one bears the name Elihanaḥ bat Goel (or Gael), the second that of Sa’adyahu ben Shebnayahu. While the discovery of ancient seals with personal names is unusual, the fact that a woman’s name (Elihanaḥ daughter of Goel) appears on one makes this an extremely rare find. Christopher Rollston writes:

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More about: Ancient Israel, Archaeology, History & Ideas, Women

 

Despite Opposition from the Taliban, Islamic State Is Thriving in Afghanistan

According to Taliban officials, Islamic State’s Afghanistan offshoot (known as the “Khorasan province,” or ISKP) has but a negligible presence. American diplomats, for their part, have claimed that the new jihadist government in Kabul can provide a bulwark against the group, which opposes what it sees as the Taliban’s relative religious moderation. But, Oved Lobel argues, the evidence supports neither interpretation:

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More about: ISIS, Taliban, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign policy