As commonly understood, this biblical narrative condemns the first violation of the prohibition against idolatry--but it's not that simple.
Nevi’im (the Prophets section of the Bible) presents Israel's history as a nation on its land.
Ancient/Medieval Jewish History
A look into the psyche of ancient Judaism.
This remnant of the Second Temple is an important symbol in Judaism.
The marriage of politics and religion contributed to both the expansion and destruction of this short-lived dynasty.
The Maccabees fought both the foreign Seleucids and homegrown Hellenism.
Joshua and Judges present different versions of the Israelite conquest.
The 24 books that make up with the Jewish Bible evolved over time in a process that reveals what the ancient rabbis considered authoritative -- and what they didn't.
Three views of the Jewish-Christian schism.
Israel's first king was a controversial ruler.
Who were they and where are they now?
The Holy City changed hands many times before the War of Independence.