A recent archaeological discovery in Jerusalem reminds us that Jews once bore names like Antigonus, Aristobulus, and, possibly, Daedalus.
Six varieties of fruit served not merely as food for the ancient Israelites but as symbols that feature prominently in biblical names, laws, proverbs, and traditions.
The admonition against oppressing the stranger, which opens this week’s Torah portion, is a far from obvious response to the Israelites’ experience of enslavement in Egypt.
Why does God command the Israelites to deceive the Egyptians on three separate occasions during the Exodus?
Does an ancient Aramean bull deity, depicted on an 8th-century B.C.E. stele, explain how Judaism came to adopt a lunar calendar?
Yigael Yadin attributed the water system at Megiddo, in northern Israel, to the 9th-century Israelite king Ahab. Archeological evidence points to a date a full millennium earlier.
Does a 2,700-year-old inscription on a recently discovered ceramic bowl refer to the father of a biblical prophet?
The Bible cites pork consumption as a key cultural difference between Philistines and Israelites. Archeology suggests there is room for doubt.
A creature eternally cursed for tempting Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge came to symbolize redemption for the Israelites in the wilderness. How?
The Jewish Genealogy Society has dismissed reports that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is of Jewish ancestry; but some have believed that Britain's entire royal family. . .
Apropos England’s royal birth: “Whatever their customs and traditions, even the most modern polities often find themselves yearning, like the Israelites of old, for a. . .
Unique among early Iron Age civilizations, the ancient Israelites left behind very few tombs. Does this reflect a gap in the archeological record, or the. . .
A combination of archeological excavations and biblical exegesis has shed light on the daily diet of the average Israelite family.