Recent Discoveries Present New Evidence for the Biblical Account of the Origins of Ancient Israel

Feb. 24 2021

In the 1930s, when archaeologists first uncovered a copper-mining complex in the Timna Valley near Israel’s southeastern tip, they dubbed it “King Solomon’s mines,” but for several decades the consensus has been that this complex belonged to the Egyptians. Erez Ben-Yosef and his colleagues suddenly upended this view when they identified organic material—including fabrics dyed with the purple pigment mentioned in Bible—that made carbon-dating of the site possible. From this evidence they have concluded that the mines likely were used around the time of Kings David and Solomon, and have thus found tantalizing clues that support the biblical narrative of strong Israelite kingdom at the dawn of the first millennium BCE. (Interview by Rossella Tercatin. Video, 23 minutes. A transcript is available at the link below.)

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Despite Reasons for Worry, Jews Shouldn’t Lose Faith in the American Promise

Sept. 24 2021

From synagogue shootings, to attacks on Jews on the streets, to the gathering strength and viciousness of anti-Zionism, especially in the corridors of political power, American Jewry has ample reason for concern about its safety and wellbeing. But, surveying both the present situation and the deep roots of what has made America a welcoming home to Jews with “no analogue in the 2,000 years after the destruction of the Temple,” Josef Joffe argues that the U.S. remains exceptional. The bad news, however, is still bad:

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More about: American exceptionalism, American Jewry, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Chuck Schumer