Ein Karem.
Ein Karem. Photo by Joe Zias.


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Religious Persecution or High Taxes?
The Causes of the Maccabean Revolt against Antiochus IV

By Sylvie Honigman

The revolt of the Jews against Antiochus IV is the story at the heart of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. However, while the festival commemorates this story in accordance with its later, rabbinical version, modern scholarly reconstructions are based on 1 and 2 Maccabees. According to the accepted storyline, Onias III was the last High Priest in Jerusalem of the Oniad dynasty. See complete essay


Probing the Essene Question …

By Greg Doudna

In a series of insightful articles Joan Taylor has called into question some longstanding ways of reading the classical descriptions of the Essenes (2010, 2011a, 2011b, 2012). Taylor argues that according to the classical descriptions Essenes took part in public office and rule in cities; otherwise they would not have been considered haereseis. See complete essay


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In My View - Opinion

Survey on Field Safety: Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean Basin

By Beth Alpert Nakhai

Stories about romantic escapades on archaeological excavations are legend, as anyone who has worked on a dig can surely attest. We have all heard about happy relationships that began in the field and thrived for decades. But as we also know, excavation lore contains stories of other kinds of “relationships,” as well. See complete essay


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