Second Temple

A staircase that seems to lead nowhere.

Israel Antiquities Authority
Sept. 2 2015 12:01AM

When Jews returned from exile, they brought the Babylonian calendar with them.

Sacha Stern
July 7 2015 12:01AM

Discovered: a housing complex believed to belong to the family of the High Priest.

April 28 2015 12:01AM

Reviled by Jews and Christians alike, Herod was one of the world’s great builders.

David Laskin
April 8 2015 12:01AM

Yes, but their role changed after the destruction of the Second Temple.

Megan Sauter
April 7 2015 12:01AM

Archaeologists have long believed that a pile of large stones at the base of the Western Wall is a product of the Roman destruction of. . .

Robin Ngo
Jan. 8 2015 12:01AM

Although the Bible contains extensive descriptions of the ritual garments worn by Temple priests, artistic renderings are virtually nonexistent. But the Septuagint, a Greek translation. . .

Joan E. Taylor
Dec. 16 2014 12:01AM

The Second Temple was built in Jerusalem by returnees from Babylonian exile around 516 BCE. Some 500 years later, King Herod undertook a program of. . .

Leen Ritmeyer
Dec. 4 2014 12:01AM

Are scholars who deliberately refer to the Jews of the Second Temple era as “Judeans” engaging in semantic subterfuge? (A debate.)

Adele Reinhartz et al.
Aug. 27 2014 12:01AM

The Maccabees against the Greeks? Alexander the Great meets the high priest? At a 5th-century synagogue in Galilee, researchers are still uncertain what they’ve found.

Ilan Ben Zion
Aug. 6 2014 12:01AM

Next week, Jews everywhere will gather to mourn the destruction of the Temple. The last king of Israel marked that event by issuing coins bearing. . .

Robin Ngo
Aug. 1 2014 12:01AM

The teeming religious literature of the Second Temple period—shunned by the rabbis of the Talmud—has now been gathered in a three-volume work. But who will. . .

Shaye Cohen
July 30 2014 12:01AM

A recent attempt by scholars to rename the Jews of the Second Temple period as “Judeans” is both intellectually flawed and morally suspect.    

Adele Reinhartz
June 25 2014 12:01AM

In 73 C.E., Rome’s Tenth Legion laid siege to the last remaining Jewish redoubt at King Herod’s fortress-palace atop the Masada cliff. Exactly how did. . .

Robin Ngo
June 16 2014 12:01AM