This Day in Jewish History An Archaeologist Who Brought Israel's History to Life, Dies

Yigael Yadin helped acquire the Dead Sea Scrolls, identified the historical significance of Masada, and made Israelis feel connected to their ancient history.

On June 28, 1984, Yigael Yadin – Israeli archaeologist, soldier and politician – died at age 67. Although Yadin’s career was studded with many accomplishments, he is probably best remembered for his role in acquiring and interpreting the Dead Sea Scrolls, and for his excavation of Herod’s mountain palace at Masada. Yadin had an ability to present archaeological subjects in a way that resounded with...