The Holy Land Studies Blog

This is a wonderful blog. It is accurate with respect to the Jewish Studies and sympathetic both to self-identified Jews and Christians. I highly recommend it.

– Prof. Daniel Boyarin, Professor of Talmudic Culture, University of California at Berkeley

The Deliverance At The Suph Sea

Anyone who has seen the classic 1956 film The Ten Commandments is familiar with the iconic scene of the Israelites walking through the Red Sea with walls of water on both sides…

Zacchaeus And The Sycamore

According to the Gospels Jesus journeyed to Jerusalem only a handful of times in his life. Travelling from his hometown of Nazareth in the Galilee south to Jerusalem was no simple task….

Why Eight Days Of Hanukkah?

In my previous post, I looked at three of the most important battles fought by the Maccabees prior to their cleansing and dedication of the Jerusalem Temple in December of 164 BCE….

Three Battles Before Hanukkah

This week Jews around the world celebrate the festival of Hanukkah. In Hebrew the word חנוכה (hanukkah) means “inauguration” or “consecration” and refers to the Maccabean capture of Jerusalem and the purification of…

Four Sacred Mountains

In this post I want to take a close look at one verse in Psalm 89. This psalm contains a fascinating blending of two major biblical themes: creation and kingship. The central thrust of…