Ancient Israel


Ancient Judaism 101

From the land of Israel to Diaspora.

Ancient Israel

The Many Faces of King David

Warrior + yahwist + expansionist + administrator = model king

Ancient Israel

King Solomon & His Kingdom

Solomon the Wise, one of King David's three sons, built a truly organized and centralized monarchy.

What Is the Temple Mount?

Holy to both Jews and Muslims, this area in Jerusalem's Old City has been a focal point of inter-religious tension for decades.

A Crash Course in Early Jewish History

From biblical times to the emergence of Rabbinic Judaism.

Who Was Rabbi Akiva?

The second-century sage was the inspiration for many legends and may have died as a martyr.

Judaism after the Temple

Coping with destruction and building for the future.

Why the Maccabees Aren’t in the Bible

The books that tell the Hanukkah tale didn't make it into the Hebrew Bible -- but they are in the Catholic one.

Abraham, the Patriarch of Three Faiths

Christianity and Islam share a reverence for Judaism's patriarch.

The Golden Calf

As commonly understood, this biblical narrative condemns the first violation of the prohibition against idolatry--but it's not that simple.

Prophets (Nevi’im)

Neviā€™im (the Prophets section of the Bible) presents Israel's history as a nation on its land.

The Temple & its Destruction

A look into the psyche of ancient Judaism.

Western Wall

This remnant of the Second Temple is an important symbol in Judaism.

Conquering Canaan

Joshua and Judges present different versions of the Israelite conquest.