When King Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem in the sixth-century B.C.E., many Jews were deported and the Babylonian Exile began. Explaining how much suffering Nebuchadnezzar caused the Jewish people, Psalm 137:1 says, “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.” Newly discovered cuneiform texts give a surprising look at the lives of these exiled Jews.
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During the Hanukkah festival in Israel last week, hikers found an ancient carving of a seven-branched menorah and a cross dating back to the late Roman and Byzantine periods.
A chief conservator for Jerusalem’s Tower of David found a bronze penny showing the face of Antiochus IV Epiphanes during routine work last week before the start of Hanukkah. This notable king was defeated by the Maccabees – which is believed to be a blessing from God – in the Jewish Hanukkah story.
On a stone bowl that archaeologists found while excavating in Jerusalem’s City of David, they discovered that a name was engraved on the surface. This name may be related to the Hasmonean Kings.
Men in Israel have one of the highest life expectancies in the world – 81 years – according to the World Health Organization. By comparison, men living in OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries have an average life expectancy of 77.7 and the world average is 68.8. So, why do Israeli men have this advantage? A new study proposes an unexpected theory.