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Excavating Megiddo

By Eric H. Cline

We have already made a number of references in previous chapters to the site of Megiddo in Israel, which is perhaps better known as biblical Armageddon. The very word Armageddon comes from Megiddo because—in Hebrew—“Har Megiddo” means the mound or mountain of Megiddo. Originally the word was written Harmageddon in Greek. Over time it became Armageddon. See complete essay

David Be’eri’s Useful Idiots

By Raphael Greenberg

The announcement that the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement, the highest civil-society award conferred by the state, is to be bestowed on David Be’eri, the head of the settler organization El’ad, appears perfectly in line with the spirit of the times, a spirit personified by flag-waving fear-mongers who wish to impose on us all their vision of an eternal ‘clash of civilizations’, sanctioned from on high. It is, however, more than a little disturbing and significant that the chairman of the committee that recommended bestowing the prize on Be’eri is a distinguished academic, ... See complete essay

Herod the Great, or Herod the Terrible?

By Paul Anderson

The fourth episode of CNN’s “Finding Jesus” second season focuses on King Herod, who ruled in Judea from 37-4 BC. In the Gospel of Matthew, Herod is portrayed as a ruthless, self-absorbed king, who slaughtered all the baby boys in Bethlehem—two years old and younger—because he was threatened by the quest of the Magi. If the wise men coming from the East were seeking the newborn “king of the Jews,” might this imply eventual competition for Herod’s throne? See complete essay

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