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The legacy of biblical King Herod   Leave a comment

 

Elaborate clay chandelier fashioned as a multi-nuzzled lamp, 1st century BCE.

 Source: The Israel Museum/Meidad Suchowolski

 

Corinthian capital, from Herod’s palace in Jericho.

 Source: The Israel Museum/Meidad Suchowolski

 

Magnificent glass drinking cups from the time of Augustus, 1st century CE. This type of ware of was used in the lavish banquets of the Roman aristocracy and was no doubt used in Herod’s palaces too.

Source: Metropolital Museum of Art

 

Footed marble basin decoarted with Silenoi heads. The basin was probably given to Herod as a gift from Emperor Augustus or his second in command, Marcus Agrippa, the 1st century BCE.

Source: The Israel Museum/Meidad Suchowolski

 

Professor Ehud Netzer and Roi Porat in the Royal room of the theater at Herodium at the end of the excavation.

Source: The Herodium Expedition/Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Gabi Laron

 

A detailed model of the Second Temple: Mariamme, Phasael and Hippicus, the multi-storied

towers of the citadel built by Herod in Jerusalem.

Source: The Israel Museum

 

Ionic capital from the upper story of Herod’s mausoleum.

Source: The Israel Museum/Meidad Suchowolski

 

Portrait of Marc Anthony on a gold coin from 39 BCE.

Source: American Nurismatic Society/Mike Gasvoda

 

Pilaster made of stucco, from the royal room at the theater in Herodium, 1st century BCE.

Source: The Herodium Expedition/Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Gabi Laron

 

 

Bronze Portrait of Marcus Agrippa, right hand man of Augustus Agrippa, who was a close friend of Herod who visited the kingdom in 15 BCE.

Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Handle of a footed marble basin decorated with Silenoi heads. The basin was probably given to Herod as a gift from Emperor Augustus or his second in command, Marcus Agrippa, 1st century BCE.

Source: Israel Museum/Meidad Suchowolski

 

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Felix Baumgartner Skydives From Space   Leave a comment

Felix Baumgartner is making his final preparations for a record-breaking, supersonic skydive from over 20 miles above the Earth.

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Rare Jewish prayer book predates oldest known Torah scroll   1 comment

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Scholars are calling a rare Hebrew text dating back to the 9th century the earliest known Jewish prayer book, predating the world’s oldest Torah scroll.

The 50-page book is 4.3 inches tall and about 4 inches wide and is written in an archaic form of Hebrew, on pages of aged parchment. The text includes 100 Jewish blessings and discusses topics such as the apocalyptic tale of the End Times and the Passover Seder.

Carbon testing dates the prayer book to the year 840, which is 300 to 400 years before the oldest known Torah scroll from the 12th and 13th centuries.

“This find is historical evidence supporting the very fulcrum of Jewish religious life,” said Jerry Pattengale, executive director of the Green Scholars Initiative, the group that announced the find. “This Hebrew prayer book helps fill the gap between the Dead Sea Scrolls and other discoveries of Jewish texts from the ninth and tenth centuries.”

“This was a liturgical set of prayers, hymns and poems used for various occasions,” Pattengale told the Huffington Post. “The prayer book is really what most of the Jewish community would be in touch with on a daily basis, [creating] a connection between the Bible and their daily worship.”

The book is the Jewish equivalent of an early complete edition of the Christian Book of Common Prayer.

Started by the Green family of the retail chain Hobby Lobby, the Green Scholar’s Initiative is the research arm of The Green Collection, one of the world’s largest private collections of biblical texts and artifacts containing more than 40,000 items.

The prayer book which was purchased from a private collector will be on display in a yet-to-be named biblical museum set to open in March 2017 in Washington, D.C.

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