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…

Confused About Syria? Who’s Fighting and Why

Tens of thousands are still fleeing this ancient part of the world. Aleteia: Syria is a country of mountains, deserts and fertile plains, bordering Lebanon, the Mediterranean Sea, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, and Israel. The country is largely populated by Sunni Muslims, but is also home to many other ethnic and religious groups: Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, and Circassians, Christians, Shiites, Alawites, Druze, Mandeans, Salafis, and Yazidis. The…

Ancient Winery Discovered in Central Israel Region During Storm

Large 1,500-year-old winepress unearthed in area once known for wine production. In the Jerusalem Post: A large, well-preserved 1,500-year-old winery has been exposed during a violent storm in the Sharon Plain region, located between the Mediterranean Sea and Samarian Hills, the Antiquities Authority announced Monday. According to IAA archeologist Alla Nagorski, the discovery was made off…

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…

Terror Attacks Escalate in Israel

With violence against Jewish residents escalating quickly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled a diplomatic trip to Germany. Some say this latest campaign of terror could signal a Third Intifada. Source Haaretz has an update on the situation here.