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If you go to the famous Western Wall in Jerusalem, which is actually the western retaining wall of Herod’s Temple Mount and Judaism’s holiest prayer site, and then turn around, you will see at the other side of the plaza an area of less than...
Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2012
The Difference Between Historian and Prophet
At age 13, I was called a traitor. I was born in British Mandatory Palestine in what is now Israel. In our Zionist schools as well as in our youth movement we held annual mock trials of Josephus, the great Jewish historian of the first century C.E. In one of them, I was cast as Josephus. In court I...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2012
How the Jesus Movement Became Christianity
The combined expression “Jewish Christian,” made up of two seemingly contradictory concepts, must strike readers not specially trained in theology or religious history as an oxymoron. For how can someone simultaneously be a follower of both...
Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 2012