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Aleppo Codex: The History Of The Oldest Hebrew Bible

(393) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 7:30 AM

Although it fell, in retrospect, at the mid-point between the launch of the Kindle and the Kindle 2, I don't think I had more than a vague notion of what a Kindle was on the day in the summer of 2008 when I first descended into a dark room at...

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Israel: Settlement Expansion In West Bank's Efrat Reportedly Approved

(329) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 4:28 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) Israel closed a pedestrian walkway next to Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site on Monday before work to replace it, despite vehement Muslim objections to any construction at the site.

The dispute illustrated how the holy city's clashing religious claims and sensitivities can turn even the most mundane...

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Bible Algorithm Gives Hints To Who Wrote The Book

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2011 | 12:40 PM

JERUSALEM -- Software developed by an Israeli team is giving intriguing new hints about what researchers believe to be the multiple hands that wrote the Bible.

The new software analyzes style and word choices to distinguish parts of a single text written by different authors, and when applied to the...

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1,500-Year-Old Church Uncovered In Israel

(605) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 9:13 AM

HIRBET MADRAS, Israel — Israeli archaeologists presented a newly uncovered 1,500-year-old church in the Judean hills on Wednesday, including an unusually well-preserved mosaic floor with images of lions, foxes, fish and peacocks.

The Byzantine church located southwest of Jerusalem, excavated over the last two months, will be visible only for...

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