Was One of Jerusalem’s Greatest Archaeological Mysteries Solved?

Leen Ritmeyer reports: Today the Israel Antiquities Authority announced: A fascinating discovery recently uncovered in archaeological excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority is conducting in the Givati parking lot at the City of David, in the Jerusalem Walls National Park, has apparently led to solving one of Jerusalem’s greatest archaeological mysteries: the question of the location of…

What Is the Oldest Hebrew Bible?

What is the oldest Hebrew Bible? That is a complicated question. The Dead Sea Scrolls are fragments of the oldest Hebrew Bible text, while the Aleppo Codex and the Leningrad Codex are the oldest complete versions, written by the Masoretes in the 10th and 11th centuries, respectively. The Ashkar-Gilson Manuscript falls in between the early…

Why Are Palestinians Called Palestinians?

Over at PaleoJudaica: WHAT’S IN A NAME? Why Are Palestinians Called Palestinians? The Palestinians don’t see themselves as descendants of the Biblical invaders, but they are named for the Philistines just the same (Elon Gilad, Haaretz). The word “Palestinian” derives from the Philistines, a people who were not indigenous to Canaan but who had gained…

World’s Oldest Bible On Show

Which we known as Codex Sinaiticus. At the British Museum: … One of the highlights is part of the 4th century Codex Sinaiticus, a book written in Greek on animal skin by monks on Mount Sinai, and which contains the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. “It is without question the most important book in…