Ancient Jewish scroll now legible

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:
https://youtu.be/cw6upzQ5aj0 This video says about itself: How to open an ancient scroll without touching it | Science News 21 September 2016 Researchers describe the digital steps it took to unwrap a charred, roughly 1,700-year-old scroll and read its ancient Biblical text. Credit: Seth Parker, Univ. of Kentucky. From…

Organizing the Bible and the Talmud

Originally posted on The Thousand-Year View:
My latest blog post for The Jewish Journal: Do you know what it says in the Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 8, verse 3? Unless you’re a rabbi or a savant, you probably don’t. Neither do I. But we know how to look it up. We just open the Torah,…

Old synagogues buzzing with life

Originally posted on Kopitiam Bot:
(Source: http://www.straitstimes.com) The voices of Rotem Benor, 12, and Rabbi Yehouda Cohen, 22, filled the Maghain Aboth Synagogue, built in 1878, in Waterloo Street.  The Canadian Rabbi, who joined the community here two years ago, was teaching the boy how to sing the Torah, the Jewish holy book, in preparation…

A Jerusalem Synagogue Building from Jesus’ Time?

Originally posted on HolyLandPhotos' Blog:
In 1913 Raymond Weill excavated in the “City of David” and found a large limestone block—ca. 30 in. x 16 in.—that contained a clear 10 line Greek inscription. “Theodotus Synagogue Inscription” found in Jerusalem. Click on image to Enlarge and/or Download. The inscription reads: “Theodotos, son of Vettenos, priest and…

Arad

Originally posted on Pictures from the Holyland:
Arad, a Canaanite city southwest of the Dead Sea,  is mentioned in the Bible as one of the cities located in the eastern Negev whose inhabitants prevented the Israelites from entering the “Promised Land”: “When the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who dwelt in the Negeb, heard that Israel…

Soviet Witnesses

Originally posted on And the Words became Books:
Emily B. Baran. Dissent on the Margins: How Soviet Jehovah’s Witnesses Defied Communism and Lived to Preach about It. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. There is something deeply satisfying about stories of people stubbornly defying a repressive regime that denies them basic religious freedoms. In this fascinating history of Jehovah’s…

Christmas in Ancient Rome (AKA Saturnalia)

Originally posted on For the Love of Rome:
Today we celebrate Christmas as a Christian festival, unfortunately commercialised by the West in more recent years. However, the falling of Christmas has fallen conveniently; in the same month as one of the highlights of the Roman calendar, Saturnalia. Saturnalia was the 17th day of the month…