Ancient History

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What survives in the archaeological record never ceases to be a marvel. There are a few unique references to Roman women converting to Judaism—inasmuch as one can term that religion as a singular entity in antiquity—in the first century C.E. As various religions filtered throughout the Mediterranean, people began following different gods, ranging from the worship of Isis to the that of the Jewish God.

In 1592, a Flemish tourist trekking through Italy copied the unusual [...]

Wed, Apr 17, 2019
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

Visiting the vibrant and colorful city of Lisbon, on the banks of the river Tagus and the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, what is most showcased is one episode of the city's and country's glorious past: Lisbon as the capital of the Portuguese Empire, a nation of explorers, seafarers and conquerors. However, for those interested, there is much more ancient history to explore among the narrow... [...]
Wed, Apr 17, 2019
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia
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The Natan-Melek bulla found in the City of David. Photo: Eliyahu Yanai, City of David.

An impressive new seal impression has been uncovered in the City of David in Jerusalem. Written in Hebrew, the seal impression (bulla) reads לנתנמלך עבדהמלך—meaning, “(Belonging) to Nathan-Melek, Servant of the King.”

A figure named Nathan-Melek also appears in 2 Kings 23:11. He was one of King Josiah's court officials, and he participated [...]

Tue, Apr 16, 2019
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

The Grail Legend (also known as the Grail Quest, Quest for the Holy Grail) developed in Europe c. 1050-1485 CE. It most likely originated in Ireland as folklore before appearing in written form sometime before 1056 CE in The Prophetic Ecstasy of the Phantom, an Irish tale. The concept was popularized by the French poet Chretien de Troyes (l. c. 1130-1190 CE) in his Perceval or the Story of the Grail... [...]
Tue, Apr 16, 2019
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia
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The origins of Jewish dietary or kosher laws (kashrut) have long been the subject of scholarly research and debate. Regardless of their origins, however, these age-old laws continue to have a significant impact on the way many observant Jews go about their daily lives. One of the more well-known restrictions is the injunction against mixing meat with dairy products. Not only do most Jews who observe kashrut avoid eating any [...]

Mon, Apr 15, 2019
Source: Ancient Cultures

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