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

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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If the U.S. Doesn’t Stand Firm, It Will Face an Empowered Iran with Nuclear Weapons

In Vienna this week, negotiations continue between Washington and Tehran over how to reinstate the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which aimed to restrict the Islamic Republic’s ability to develop the technology necessary for producing atomic bombs. Jacob Nagel and Mark Dubowitz explain the risks of a bad deal:

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