Casting new light on a well-known talmudic passage.
The half shekel.
Jonah, the Tower of Babel, and Noah’s ark.
When the kings of Judah were vassals of Assyria.
Boats in Beersheba.
The bloody reign of Alexander Yannai.
Jews were neither xenophobes nor perpetual victims.
Evidence of a bustling Hellenistic metropolis.
Stone structures in the wilderness.
Discovered thanks to 94-year-old aerial photographs.
Confirming the evidence of the Talmud.
And may help clarify Jerusalem’s borders at the time.
But were their owners Jews?