The Dead Sea Scrolls at 70

Exciting new developments point toward future progress

Dead Sea Scrolls at 70The field of Dead Sea Scrolls is never without important new developments. At the recent conference, “The Dead Sea Scrolls at Seventy: Clear a Path in the Wilderness,” there was exciting news about the ongoing development of technological tools for reading and identifying the remaining small scraps or wads (several layers of fragments stuck together) that did not find their place in the amazing jigsaw puzzle that had to be assembled to decipher the scrolls.

The announcement was made by Pnina Shor, curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls for the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), at a public session conducted in Hebrew at which I had the honor of being a speaker. The conference was organized by the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls of the Hebrew University, the IAA, the Israel Museum, New York University, and the University of Vienna — all major players in scrolls research.

Read more at The Jewish Tribune.

Jewish Connection to Jerusalem

Jewish Connection to JerusalemThe ongoing excavations of Jerusalem never seem to stop yielding amazing treasures that bring to life the Bible and the history of the Jewish people in its holiest of cities. This latest discovery comes on the heels of the disgraceful UNESCO resolution that by implication seeks to deny the historic relationship of the city to the Jews and their history.

The recent discovery of what may be the personal seal impression of Isaiah the Prophet, coming soon after the discovery close by of the seal impression of Hezekiah the King, serves as a welcome affirmation of the Jewish connection to Jerusalem, something we thought would have been self-evident to Jews, Christians, and even Muslims.

Read the rest of this article in the Jewish Tribune.

Seeking Shushan

Seeking ShushanIt didn’t take very long after the destruction of the First Temple for a few Jews in the service of the Babylonian government to reach the city of Shushan (Susa), located in present-day south-western Iran. Daniel 8:2 identifies Shushan as the capital of Elam, whose king, Kedarla’omer, was involved in the War of the Kings back in the times of Avraham, as described in Bereshis 14. Indeed, archaeological evidence shows that by the time these few Jews reached Shushan after the Churban it had long been a commercial and administrative center. It was first conquered by Ashur (Assyria), after which it briefly regained its independence after the fall of Assyria to Babylonia. It was then swallowed up by the newly emerging Persian Empire of Koresh (Cyrus the Great), who overthrew the Babylonian Empire.

Read the rest of this article in Ami Magazine.