Ancient & Medieval History
The Book of Genesis offers some answers to the questions which the nascent Hebrew nation had to contend with at the time: How was the world created? Why does a woman bear children in pain? What is the significance of the rainbow? And first and foremost: Where did we come from? How did the Hebrew nation come into being?Read more
2500 BCE-539 BCE
Israelite religion shared a number of characteristics with the religions of neighboring peoples.
Joshua and Judges present different versions of the Israelite conquest.
King David's son Solomon built an organized and centralized monarchy.
Daily life in Palestine from the 1st - 5th centuries.
The Temple's destruction reflected the larger political conflicts of the ancient world.
539 BCE-632 CE
The first Hasmonean Queen of Judea.
Palestine goes Greek.
Three views of the Jewish-Christian schism.
These three Second-Temple era sects had very different takes on Jewish law.
Coping with destruction and building for the future.
Jews living under Islamic and Christian rule.
The Jews of Medina rejected the prophecy of Muhammad.
The quest to recapture the Holy Land
Medieval European Jewry repeatedly faced banishment for both economic and religious reasons.
Columbus consulted with Jews, and transported some to the New World.
Warrior + yahwist + expansionist + administrator = model king
Josephus Flavius both participated in and wrote the history of the Jewish interaction with Rome.
The Greek inscription left by this second-century woman points to unexpected economic and religious leadership among women.
From his day until the present, Rashi has been the most beloved of all medieval teachers.
A 16th-century Portuguese philanthropist, known as the heart of her people.