Ordinary Israelis Can Read 2,100-Year-Old Hebrew Scroll

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From Ordinary Israelis Can Read 2,100-Year-Old Hebrew Scroll: Some Israelis have described being moved almost to tears by a rare viewing of the Great Isaiah Scroll, the best preserved and most complete Dead Sea biblical scroll, on special exhibit this summer at the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum for the first time in 40 years. Ordinary people are able to read, and at least partly understand, the ancient Hebrew text on the 2,100-year-old scroll. “The Bible is first of all our connection to the land,” said Ruvik Rosenthal, a popular Israeli language guru.

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Seal of Biblical King Zedekiah’s Minister Found in Jerusalem Archeological Dig

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Another archaeological discovery proving the veracity of the Bible and the veracity of the Jewish claim to Jerusalem. Via JPost: A seal impression belonging to a minister of the biblical King Zedekiah, which dates back 2,600 years, has been uncovered completely intact during an archeological dig in Jerusalem’s ancient City of David, Israeli archeologist Prof. Eilat Mazar said on Thursday. The 1 cm. in diameter seal impression, or bulla, with the name Gedalyahu ben Pashur, who served as minister to King Zedekiah (597-586 BCE), was found just meters away from a separate seal impression of another of Zedekiah’s ministers, Yehukual

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Shavout

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Shavuot is the day the Torah was given — celebrating the supernatural encounter between God and the Israelites at Mount Sinai, an event which changed mankind forever. Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai and is also the Festival of the First Fruits or the Feast of the Weeks. Every Jewish holiday falls on a specific day of the month, with one exception: Shavuot, the day on which we received the Torah. Aish says: Shavuot is always the 50th day following the beginning of Passover. Under the essential Jewish calendar in which the

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Today in Jewish History – Adar 13

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Sponsored by Aish: On Adar 13, during the biblical story of Purim, the 10 sons of Haman were hanged (Esther 9:7). This would find eerie parallel over 2,000 years later when 10 top Nazi officials were hanged at the Nuremberg Trials. Incredibly, the Hebrew year of the hangings at Nuremberg, 5707, is encoded in the Book of Esther: In the listing of Haman’s 10 sons, three Hebrew letters — taf, shin and zayin, representing the year 5707 — are written unusually small. (This anomaly appears in every authentic Megillah scroll, written that way for over 2,000 years.) Incredibly, when Nazi

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2500-year-old First Temple Seal Found in Jerusalem

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Originally posted on JPost: Jan 17, 2008 Via JPost: A stone seal bearing the name of one of the families who acted as servants in the First Temple and then returned to Jerusalem after being exiled to Babylonia has been uncovered in an archaeological excavation in Jerusalem’s City of David, a prominent Israeli archaeologist said Wednesday. The 2,500-year-old black stone seal, which has the name “Temech” engraved on it, was found earlier this week amid stratified debris in the excavation under way just outside the Old City walls near the Dung Gate, said archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, who is leading

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Today in Jewish History – Shvat 1

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Sponsored by Aish.com: On this date, as the Jewish people were completing 40 years of wandering in the desert, Moses gathered the entire the nation and began his farewell address. Moses’ speech would continue for 40 days until his death, as described in the Book of Deuteronomy. Moses reviewed the commandments of the Torah, gave a historical reflection, prophesized about future events, and offered poetic blessings. Also during this time, Moses wrote 13 Torah scrolls — one for each tribe, plus one to place in the Ark of the Covenant.

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Did King Solomon’s Navy Discover America?

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A very interesting read, via Tamar Yonah’s blog: Mystery Mountain, Los Lunas, New Mexico. That’s where a fascinating find was discovered with the Hebrew inscription of the Ten Commandments. What is amazing about this find, is that the ten commandments were written in a Hebrew script that is so ancient, it was last used around and up to the Babylonian expulsion. This means it was probably written between 2,500-3,000 years ago! How did this script, as well as the text of the ten commandments wind up in New Mexico, so many centuries ago? “Over two thousand years before Columbus “discovered”

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