The cult of YHWH as god of metallurgy originated among semi-nomadic copper smelters between the Bronze and Iron Age, suggests biblical scholar: And he was not worshipped only by Jews
Ariel David is a Tel Aviv-based foreign correspondent for Italian and English-language publications. He worked for five years as correspondent for the Associated Press in Rome, covering Italy and the Vatican, reporting on key events in Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate, including his election and his trip to the Holy Land in 2009.
The ancient harbor uncovered near Ur, homeland of Abraham, is the oldest port found in Iraq and shows the Sumerians weren't only good farmers, they were skilled sailors too
Jewish-Italian musicologist Francesco Lotoro has spent the past 30 years uncovering some 8,000 musical works, composed largely in concentration camps and ghettos during World War II. An Israeli orchestra featuring 20 teenagers will premiere some of them in Jerusalem this Sunday
It's the first real solo win for anti-establishment protest parties in a Western democracy, and a triumph for populist and racist parties. But post-election coalition chaos will spark anxiety in the EU – and delight in the Kremlin
To Save Middle East From Climate Change, Ancient Egypt Mounted Massive Relief Effort, Archaeologists Discover
As drought wracked the region in the late Bronze Age, Egypt stepped up grain production in conquered Canaan, and also bred resilient cattle, Israeli archaeologists deduce
How did a dispute about taxation lead Christian leaders in Jerusalem to shutter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and cries of 'persecution', when even Pope Francis agrees church properties should pay their dues?
Israeli researchers have embarked on a four-year quest to accurately date the remains of ancient Jerusalem, hoping to find clues about the biblical city and the elusive kingdom of David and Solomon
The discovery of a prehistoric human jawbone in a cave near Haifa pushes back the clock on the evolution of Homo sapiens and our ancestors’ first exodus out of Africa
A 19th century Pope forcibly abducted a Jewish boy from his family, causing international outrage. Now, a traditionalist minority eagerly justifies the Church's actions, as part of their war on today's 'heretical' Pope - and decades of improved Jewish-Catholic relations
Trove of advanced flint tools unearthed in central Israel indicates hominids developed modern thought patterns well before they physically evolved into modern humans
Dating of prehistoric layers in Manot Cave, northern Israel supports theory that early human culture developed in the Middle East more than 45,000 years ago before expanding to Europe
Discoveries in 2017 are changing the story of humanity: Homo sapiens may have been around as long as 400,000 years, migrating out of Africa and having sex with Neanderthals and Denisovans much earlier than thought
The discovery of the oldest-known pre-Islamic Arabic writing in Saudi Arabia, from ca. 470 CE, evidently caused some consternation, given its Christian and Jewish context.
Flint tool school? Rocks that hominin kids seem to have practiced on, found in Qesem Cave in Israel, suggest that modern humans may have developed much earlier than thought
Women hadn't been expected to make the arduous trek to the copper mine in the heart of the desert, but this one did, and she must have been important.
Jews with roots in Iraqi Kurdistan hope independence will enable them to reconnect with childhood friends and anticipate a strong alliance between Israel and the new Kurdish state
The 2018 race will begin in Jerusalem, where cyclists will pay tribute to Italian rider recognized by Yad Vashem for saving Jews during World War II
Pliny the Elder sailed into danger when Vesuvius erupted, and never returned, but a body found a century ago 'covered in jewelry like a cabaret ballerina' may really have been his.
The holy ark was likely kept in Jerusalem for much less time than the Bible tells us. And it may have contained something other than the Ten Commandments
New study of 3,200-year-old documents from Ramses III suggests the much-reviled Philistines were not alien belligerents but native Middle Easterners.