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How Moses Shapira forged an entire civilization
Moses Wilhelm Shapira is best known for the so-called Shapira Strips, narrow fragments of supposedly ancient parchment on which were inscribed a somewhat different version of the Ten Commandments from Deuteronomy than is known from the Bible...
Archaeology Odyssey, September/October 2002
Saved at the altar
Iphigenia and Isaac, an unlikely pair. Yet both were almost sacrificed—one to a Greek goddess and the other to the universal Israelite God. Both Iphigenia and Isaac were innocent of any wrongdoing. In the end, both were saved when the deity...
Archaeology Odyssey, May/June 2002
The Tophet was the final resting place for the still-born and for children who died in early infancy.
Were it not for a few classical accounts, scholars would probably not attribute the burials in the Carthage Tophet to child sacrifice. Some of the more sensational stories, such as those related by the first-century B.C. historian Diodorus...
Archaeology Odyssey, November/December 2000