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

What Shall I Tell You, Good Bird?

The 20th century was without a doubt the most eventful century for the Jewish people since the 1st century. The calamity of the Holocaust followed by the establishment of the State of…

What Is The Holy Of Holies?

In daily conversation, people often use the phrase “holy of holies” as a way to express a place that is superlatively private. For example, “Jane retreats into her holy of holies so that she can…

How Did Places In The Bible Get Their Names?

The Bible records the names of hundreds of places, both inside the tiny Land of Israel itself as well as throughout the vast territory comprising the Ancient Near East. Some places are well…

Through The Looking Glass

Many readers of the New Testament are familiar with Paul’s statement at the end of his first letter to Corinthians regarding the absolute clarity which the future holds for those willing to abide…

Scripture Comes Alive At Arad

Although it is not as familiar as the names of other famous biblical places, Tel Arad is certainly one of the most important archaeological sites in Israel. But it is unfortunately not…