antiquities

Meet King David At The Metropolitan Museum

 Elie Wiesel describes the Bible as “the pull of my childhood, a fascination with the vanished world, and I can find everything except that world.”

I feel much the same way, which is why the Metropolitan Museum’s exhibit “Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age” so thrilled me. The premise of the exhibit isn’t Israel or the Bible.  Rather, it explores cross-cultural interaction and global communication during the Assyrian Empire from roughly 1200 – 400 BCE, the time period that many major Biblical events took place. 

"House of David" inscription, ca. 830 BCE,Israel Antiquities Authority, courtesy of The Israel Museum. Meidad Suchowolski

Chipping Away at a Sense of Connection to Israel

Last week, we learned that Jewish extremists vandalized – and in parts destroyed – a 1,600-year-old mosaic in Israel’s Hamat Tiberias Synagogue.

“The damage is widespread … Some of the damage is irreversible,” said Shaul Goldstein, executive director of the Nature and Parks Authority, quoted in the Times of Israel.

Hamat Tiberias Synagogue's mosiac

Storm Uncovers Roman Statue in Ashkelon

12/15/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A nearly 1,800-year-old Roman statue of a woman was discovered near Ashkelon after it was uncovered by a severe storm.

The weekend storm caused a cliff near a seaside archeological dig to crumble, exposing the nearly 4-foot-high statue, as well as the remains of a large building believed to be part of a Roman bathhouse.

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