Ancient/Medieval Jewish History

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Crash Course in Medieval Jewish History

From the Muslim-Arab conquests of the 7th century to the appearance of modern ideas in the 1,000 years later.

Sephardic Jews

The Sephardic Exodus to the Ottoman Empire

How Jews fleeing Spain and Portugal transformed the region.

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Ancient and Medieval History Quiz

How much do you know about the main Jewish figures and events, from the Bible to the dawn of modernity?

A Crash Course in Early Jewish History

From biblical times to the emergence of Rabbinic Judaism.

Maimonides (Rambam) and His Texts

One of the greatest Jewish scholars of all time, he was both a traditionalist and an innovator.

Tale of Two Talmuds: Jerusalem and Babylonian

The two texts developed simultaneously in the two major Jewish communities of the rabbinic era.

Rabbi Akiva: Separating Fact from Legend

Second-century sage laid the foundation for Rabbinic Judaism.

Who Was Rashi?

The most widely read Jewish Bible commentator, he also wrote a running commentary to the Babylonian Talmud.

Are Esther and Mordechai Buried in This Iranian Tomb?

The purported burial site of Purim's Persian queen was a pilgrimage site for Iran's Jews.

Judaism after the Temple

Coping with destruction and building for the future.

Ancient Judaism 101

From the land of Israel to Diaspora.

Medieval Jewish Attitudes Toward Women

In the Middle Ages, a Jewish woman's social well-being was considered important, but her life was strictly guided by Jewish law.

The Temple & its Destruction

A look into the psyche of ancient Judaism.

The Many Faces of King David

Warrior + yahwist + expansionist + administrator = model king

King Solomon & His Kingdom

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