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Dead Sea Scrolls project will use latest tech to solve ‘ultimate jigsaw’

Israel on Tuesday announced an ambitious new project aimed at finally piecing together some of the thousands of fragments of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls that have mystified experts since their discovery in the 1940s and 1950s. The $1.75 million project aims to utilize the latest digital […]

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Is the Piece Really a Mezuzah

Is the Piece Really a Mezuzah

Or, Perhaps Something Else? The /mezuzah/, traditionally affixed to the doorposts of the house by most Jews, contains two passages from the book of Deuteronomy — 6:4-9 and 11:18-20 — enjoining the faithful to write the words of God “on the doorframes of your house and on your […]

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Masada: Dealing with the Judean Rebels

Masada: Dealing with the Judean Rebels

  The emperor Nero sent three legions—the Fifth, Tenth, and Fifteenth—under the command of General Vespasian to Judea in the spring of 67 CE.  By the end of that year, Vespasian has reduced the Galilee and the Golan. He returned the following spring and campaigned in Trans-Jordan, on the […]

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Finding the Silver Amulets While Excavating an Ancient Tomb

Finding the Silver Amulets While Excavating an Ancient Tomb

Two small silver amulets— blessings and magical phrases used to ward off bad luck and danger—were found in a burial cave in Jerusalem in 1979 during archaeological excavations at a place called /Ketef Hinnom/ (the shoulder of the Hinnom [valley],  just on the hill opposite the southwest […]

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The Silver Amulets -The Name of God

The Silver Amulets -The Name of God

We learn from these two amulets that people—at least some people—chose to refer to God by the more intimate term YHWH (יהוה).  These four letters are unpronounceable and untranslatable. This anomaly stems from the fact that biblical Hebrew is written with only consonants, and no vowels.  So, […]

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The Book of Job – Part I

The Book of Job  – Part I

Targum of Job (11Q10) The book of Job is by far the most difficult book in the Bible. The Hebrew in which it is written is as difficult and complex as the Hebrew of Genesis is easy and straightforward. This is because Job is a late book; most […]

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*Behold a Virgin Shall Conceive” (4Q57)

*Behold a Virgin Shall Conceive” (4Q57)

Part IV – The Isaiah Scroll The passage of the Isaiah Scroll offered by Biblical Reproductions, from Isaiah, chapter 22, is a fairly straight-forward account of fortification work done by King Hezekiah in the days of an Assyrian threat against Judah in the late eighth century BCE.  The other […]

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Enoch, Hero of Jewish Literature – Part III

Enoch Fragment  (4 Q201-821) A fragment of the book of Enoch was found in Cave 4, the library of the Essene community of Qumran. This piece has been exactly reproduced and is offered here by Biblical Reproductions. Enoch was the son of Cain (Genesis 5:21-24) who did not die […]

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Enoch, Whom God Took Away – Part II

Enoch, Whom God Took Away – Part II

Enoch Fragment (4 Q201-821) Enoch, according to Genesis 5:24, was the first human being who did not die. Rather, “…he was no more, because God took him away.”   This mystical and mysterious ending to his life excited the imagination of Jewish writers of the period immediately following that […]

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Leviticus 23 (11Q1) – Part II

Leviticus 23 (11Q1) – Part II

The Day of Atonement The fragment of Leviticus 23, described here in Biblical Reproductions blog, includes verses 26 and following, and deals with YomKippur, the Day of Atonement, holiest day of the Hebrew calendar. The text of verses 26 -28 reads- 26 The Lord said to Moses, […]

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