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Israel—An Ancient King of Making Glass

April 11, 2016 News-Drash
Raw glass found at the antiquities site. Photo by Assaf Peretz, courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority.

Raw glass found at the antiquities site. Photo by Assaf Peretz, courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority.

Centuries before the Land of Israel was a hub for the high-tech industry, the region was among the world leaders in another profession involving science, skill, and specialized knowledge: glass making. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced in a press release on Monday that they have discovered 1,600-year-old kilns used for making commercial quantities of glass.

The Authority said that the find, the oldest glass kilns ever found in Israel, show the Land of Israel during the late Roman period was “one of the foremost centers for glass production in the ancient world.” And that ancient global trade route looks to have gone all the way to Europe. “This is evidence that Israel constituted a production center on an international scale; hence its glassware was widely distributed throughout the Mediterranean and Europe,” glass expert Professor Ian Freestone of the University College London was quoted as saying in the IAA press release. … Continue Reading

The Syrian Four: Return of the Axis of Evil and Beginning of the End?

September 27, 2015 News-Drash
Is Iraq teaming up with Russia, Syria, and Iran? Illustrative official meeting. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Is Iraq teaming up with Russia, Syria, and Iran? Illustrative official meeting. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Evan Schneider

If it sounds like nefarious planning, does that make it so? Fox News reported that Russian generals, Iranians, and Syrians all met together… not in Moscow, not in Damascus, and not in Tehran, but in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. What does it mean? Most likely, they were meeting to discuss efforts to defend the Syrian regime in its ongoing civil war and the broader fight with ISIS (ISIL), but the persons meeting and the location lends the affair a much more significant feel with literally Biblical proportions. Is it? … Continue Reading

Oldest Found Copy of Lamentations Displayed in Jerusalem on Tragic Fast Day

July 26, 2015 News-Drash, Religious Life
Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Thousands of years after the saddest book of the Bible, Lamentations, mourned the destruction of Jerusalem, a 2,000-year-old scroll of the book was made available for Jerusalemites to see on the day traditionally set aside to read the tragic text. Lamentations is traditionally read on the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, known as Tisha B’Av—Hebrew for the ninth day of the month of Av—commemorates some of the most tragic moments in Israel’s history, including the destruction of the First and Second Temple.

The ancient scroll was publicly displayed in a Jerusalem museum for the first time over a span of four days leading up to and including Tisha B’Av, according to a news release on the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem website. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in comments released by his office, praised the importance of the scrolls appearance in Jerusalem. … Continue Reading

Israel Builds A Modern Highway and Finds an Ancient Village

Pablo Betzer, IAA District Archaeologist for Judah, with a coin from the Year Four of the Great Revolt. By Vladimir Niihin, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Pablo Betzer, IAA District Archaeologist for Judah, with a coin from the Year Four of the Great Revolt. By Vladimir Niihin, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Highway expansions can result in traffic jams, and in Israel it can turn into archaeology as well. That’s what happened to a recent project, after an Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) inspector found pottery shards during the Highway 1 project, a discovery that has since led to the uncovering of an entire settlement from nearly 2,000 years ago.

An IAA press release said the discovery included a hoard of coins described as “rare.” It included bronze coins from the first Israeli revolt against the Romans in the First Century CE, which ultimately resulted in the destruction of the Second Temple. The announcement was timely, as the IAA unveiled the find on Tisha B’av—the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, which commemorates that Temple’s calamity, among other tragedies. … Continue Reading

A Heavenly Message? Lunar Eclipses to Line Up with Biblical Feasts

January 30, 2014 News-Drash

Ever wondered if G-d wanted to tell you something? Well, get ready to wonder, because the moon is going to do something over the next two years that has only happened eight times in the last 2000 years. From April 2014 through October 2015, lunar eclipses will be occurring on the Biblical festivals of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles—four full lunar eclipses in total. While that harmony of the moon and holidays may not sound all that special, the last two times this happened the Middle East experienced dramatic changes.

Does that mean this is some sort of omen we can use to predict the future? Of course not. The Bible clearly says in the book of Deuteronomy that only pagans look for such things. When G-d wants to really say something, He does so—with words. But that doesn’t mean the heavenly signs aren’t meant to catch our attention and get us praying more. Let’s look more closely.

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Look Ahead and Look Out!

January 24, 2014 In Depth, News-Drash
Are your warships ready for what's coming? Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Are your warships ready for what’s coming? Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

It had seemed so important, answering that phone call. Until I looked up and saw a car practically stopped in front of me as I was traveling 45 MPH on the highway. That was my first and only real car accident, almost one decade ago. The problem wasn’t that I wasn’t a good driver. The problem was that I wasn’t looking ahead.

Thankfully no one was hurt then. But that won’t be the case if the West doesn’t look ahead and look out for an Iran that’s now sending warships into the Atlantic Ocean. Ambition is a dangerous thing. Ambivalence in the face of it is even worse. The Bible has some advice for avoiding that.
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