Ancient Israel

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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.

This Map Shows Where the Hanukkah Story Happened

See where the events described in the Hanukkah story are believed to have occurred and what they look like now.

Who Was Rabbi Akiva?

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

The Hasmonean Dynasty

Their rule falls short of expectations.

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.

Judaism after the Temple

Coping with destruction and building for the future.

Antiochus the Madman

An in-depth view of the Greco-Syrian emperor in the story of Hanukkah.

The Book of Second Maccabees

A Diaspora perspective with an emphasis on martyrdom

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)

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