A recent archaeological discovery in Jerusalem reminds us that Jews once bore names like Antigonus, Aristobulus, and, possibly, Daedalus.

Oct. 24 2018 12:01AM

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.

David Moster
Jan. 30 2014 5:00AM

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.

Shai Held
Jan. 24 2014 12:00AM

Why does God command the Israelites to deceive the Egyptians on three separate occasions during the Exodus?

Elchanan Samet
Jan. 3 2014 12:00AM

Does an ancient Aramean bull deity, depicted on an 8th-century B.C.E. stele, explain how Judaism came to adopt a lunar calendar?

Ilan Ben Zion
Nov. 19 2013 12:00AM

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.

Norma Franklin
Oct. 10 2013 12:00AM

Does a 2,700-year-old inscription on a recently discovered ceramic bowl refer to the father of a biblical prophet?

Aug. 23 2013 12:00AM

The Bible cites pork consumption as a key cultural difference between Philistines and Israelites. Archeology suggests there is room for doubt.

Edward F. Maher
Aug. 20 2013 12:00AM

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?

Carina del Valle Schorske
Aug. 8 2013 12:00AM

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. . .

July 25 2013 12:00AM

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. . .

Ross Douthat
July 23 2013 12:00AM

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. . .

July 15 2013 12:00AM

A combination of archeological excavations and biblical exegesis has shed light on the daily diet of the average Israelite family.

Cynthia Shafer-Elliott
July 5 2013 12:00AM