A vast prehistoric necropolis some 4,200 years old has been found near the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, proving for the first time that the city had existed and thrived in Canaanite times.
If you missed the holiday yesterday, take a moment to give it a second look. Yesterday was, after all, the Jewish festival of second chances. If you haven’t heard of it before, take a moment to catch up.
The ‘Jewiest dog in show’ returned to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show — but fell short in the prestigious competition.
Between 1250 and 1100 B.C.E., all the great civilizations of the eastern Mediterranean – pharaonic Egypt, Mycenaean Greece and Crete, Ugarit in Syria and the large Canaanite city-states – were destroyed, ushering in new peoples and kingdoms including the first Kingdom of Israel.
Facebook users are always looking for ways to make their statuses stand out on the uber-popular social network. One user has put a unique spin on the quest for original updates, tapping into the ancient Semitic language of Aramaic to create an entire page in the Canaanite tongue.
Israeli archeologists have uncovered tantalizing clues about the destruction of the Canaanite city of Hatzor in the 13th century B.C. Who was responsible?
In the biggest community dig of its kind in Israel, high-school students in Haifa learn about archeology both in and out of the classroom. Dr. Shay Bar is convinced that it simply isn’t true that kids these days aren’t interested in hard work or learning. Bar, from the Archeology Department at the University of Haifa, is director of the Tel Esur excavations in the northern Sharon Valley on Israel’s coastal plain. Tel Esur is a Canaanite settlement dating back to the Bronze Age, being excavated by archeologists from the University of Haifa with the help of 15-year-old students from four high schools in the region, and other volunteers from all walks of life. So far, the remains of a fortified tower and possibly a gateway and a wall dating back to 1800 BCE have been discovered. After working with the hundreds of high-school volunteers helping to excavate the past in one of Israel’s largest community digs, Bar has this to say: “The children were really great and they worked really hard and they wanted to learn… we discovered that it’s a good generation…”
Each Thursday, The Arty Semite features excerpts and reviews of the best contemporary Jewish poetry. This week Jake Marmer introduces “The Household Gods” by Richard Chess.