A Biblical-Era Purple-Dye Factory Explains an Archaeological Mystery

Two of the dyes mentioned frequently by the Bible in conjunction with the priestly vestments and the Tabernacle tapestries—one purple, one azure—are thought by many experts to have been produced from the murex snail. To ancient Romans, “Tyrean purple” (named for the Lebanese city of Tyre) was the color of royalty. Using modern techniques to examine items collected in the excavation of Tel Shikmona, an ancient site on the Israeli coast, archaeologists have determined that they belonged to a workshop for processing the pigments of the murex—making it the first such site ever to be discovered, as Aaron Reich writes:

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Why Qatar Is a Problematic Ally

Sept. 29 2020

On September 14, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Qatari counterpart met and signed an agreement on cultural exchange, followed by an official statement from Foggy Bottom about “shared ideas of tolerance.” Since then, there have also been reports that the U.S. is considering awarding the peninsular monarchy the status of a major non-NATO ally, and even that Doha will be next in line to normalize its relations with Israel. The fact remains, however, that the Qatari educational system is rife with anti-Semitic indoctrination. Moreover, argues Efraim Inbar, it would be strategically foolish for Washington to reward Qatar with upgraded relations:

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More about: Al Jazeera, Anti-Semitism, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar, U.S. Foreign policy