Tel Arad Temple

In the northeast Negev, southern Israel, (about 5 1/2 miles (9 km) east-northeast) can be found the ruins of one of the cities of the Canaanite king of ʿArad which were “utterly destroyed” by Israel’s armies. The city’s name appears on the Temple of Amon, al-Karnak, Egypt, in the triumphal inscription of Pharaoh Sheshonk I […]

Old Arad and Widespread literacy in Judah in 600 BCE

Looking at the texts of the Hebrew Scriptures they demand a certain knowledge of reading capacity. We did not have to wait for the new Tel Aviv University study published on April the 12th in PNAS to know that widespread literacy was required for going through the books of Moses and the Prophets. With the new […]