The Holy Land Studies Blog

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

The Cistern Where King Saul Lost His Mind

The latter half of the First Book of Samuel is mainly devoted to the story of King Saul’s rise and fall and his obsessive attempt to kill his apprentice David. In chapter…

The Spot From Which The Lord Wept

In this post, I would like to take a closer look at one of the smallest and yet most beautiful churches that is connected with the events of Passion Week: the final…

Why Bother Reading The Bible In Hebrew?

We here at the Israel Institute for Biblical Studies are strong advocates of the idea that to truly understand the Hebrew Bible, you need to read it in the original Hebrew. This…

Gideon’s Doglike Lappers

Welcome back to the Holy Land Studies blog after a long hiatus! In today’s post we will take a closer look at the famous story of Gideon and the 300 Lappers. This…

A Day For Tasting Nature’s Bounty

Most people are familiar with the major Jewish festivals of Rosh Hashanah and Passover. But there are many other minor festivals that the general public has not heard of. One of the…