Masada: Can We Believe Josephus?
Josephus wasn’t there when Masada fell. He was already settled in Rome. He doubtless knew what had happened from the reports of the army commanders—he was an honored guest of Caesar and apparently had access to all of the relevant material—but perhaps the story is...read more
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...read more