New Research Suggests That Literacy Was Widespread in Biblical Judea

Sept. 18 2020

Using advanced image-processing technology as well as more traditional methods, a group of scholars and scientists have carefully examined eighteen potsherds bearing Hebrew inscriptions from around 600 BCE—a few decades before the destruction of the First Temple. The scholars concluded that the fragments, found at a Judean military post during the 1960s, contain the handwriting of twelve different individuals, from which they have concluded that a significant portion of Judean males were literate. Barak Sober, a mathematician involved in the research, explains:

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More about: Ancient Israel, Archaeology, Hebrew Bible, Jewish education

The UK’s Ban on Hamas Is a Belated Step in the Right Direction

Nov. 29 2021

Twenty years after Britain outlawed Hamas’s military wing, the home secretary, Priti Patel, has decided to proscribe the entire organization. Stephen Daisley applauds this decision, but observes that London does not yet seem to recognize the dangers of what Hamas represents:

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More about: Hamas, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian terror, United Kingdom