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New Books: From Mesopotamia to the Mishnah

Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Milgram on his new book:

Did the Sages Forget the Hasmoneans

Many scholars have addressed the place of the Hasmoneans in Talmudic literature. The most well-known treatment in Israel is Gedaliah Alon’s “Did the Jewish People and Its Sages Cause the Hasmoneans to be Forgotten?” Another contribution to the academic discussion around this question has been written by Vered Noam and recently published in Zion, “Did […]

IBA TV Series: A History of the Land of Israel

The Israel Broadcast Authority has produced a multi-part series on the history of the Land of Israel (Hebrew), והארץ היתה תוהו ובוהו: תולדות ארץ ישראל. From what I have seen it looks like a well-made TV program. Below is a link to the most recent episode (no. 6 of 15) which is about the Return […]

Divine Law in the Container Store

Ancient Jew Review has posted Beth Berkowitz’s comments from a recent SBL session on Christine Hayes’s What’s Divine about Divine Law?: Early Perspectives. From Divine Law in the Container Store. But the story that Hayes is telling is really more about the rabbis, who take a very interesting approach to the problem. Whereas Philo makes […]

Interview with Author of Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests

Jason Mokhtarian, the author of the recently published book Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests: The Culture of the Talmud in Ancient Iran, was interviewed by the New Books Network about his book. He lays out a research program for Talmud studies that is contextual, rather than literary or exegetical. Analyzing references to Persians and Persian […]

Seth Schwartz on Ancient Jewish History

Seth Schwartz, an important historian of Ancient Jews and Judaism, has done a number of short videos about the topic for Ancient Jew Review.

Interviews with Two Scholars of Ancient Judaism and Talmud

Below is a short video from the Jewish Channel of interviews with Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, author of Early Christian Monastic Literature and the Babylonian Talmud, and Alexei Sivertsev, author of Judaism and Imperial Ideology in Late Antiquity.

More Tefillin from Late Antiquity

Yonatan Adler, who is an expert in tefillin from Late Antiquity (see this article of his), has announced another important discovery. Just a few weeks ago there were numerous news reports about his discovery of previously overlooked tefillin parchments from Qumran, and now he has apparently found other tefillin from Late Antiquity. This very small […]

Geza Vermes RIP

The important scholar of Ancient Judaism, Christianity, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Geza Vermes (1924-2013) has passed away. Besides his important scholarly output, Vermes has an incredible personal story. He was born to Jewish parents in Hungary, and when he was seven years-old he and his parents converted to Catholocism. His parents were then killed […]

Those Jews and Their Witchcraft

All of you have probably heard that the lid has been blown off the secret witchcraft being practiced by Jews and Zionists: In a speech to religious students on April 20, Mehdi Taeb, who heads a think tank and is considered close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said that Jews are powerful sorcerers who have used […]

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