Israeli archaeologists recently announced the discovery of rare fabrics dating back to the biblical times of King David and King Solomon.
The fabrics were discovered by Tel Aviv University archaeologists as they excavated the Timna copper mines in southwestern Arabah.
Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef, who oversaw the excavation, said in a press release on Wednesday that the 3,000-year-old discovery sheds light on ancient textile trade and biblical fashion. more >>
A rare and mysterious artifact has been discovered at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, officials have confirmed.
The artifact, a centuries-old painting, was discovered two months ago by Palestinian archaeologists working to restore the holy site, which is considered to be of great importance to the Christian religion.
The small relic, which had been accidentally covered in plaster near a window, is made of bells, stones and shells. more >>
A newly discovered artifact has religious and archaeological communities buzzing with interest after an ongoing multi-million dollar renovation of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity uncovered the intriguing religious relic.
The identity of the artifact is currently being kept under wraps, and no images have yet been released. Fashioned from brass, silver, shells and stones, the undisclosed piece had been covered beneath plaster near a window in the nearly 1,700-year-old church structure. It has since been repaired and restored.
The icon is "of great religious and historical value," said Ziad al-Bandak, a Palestinian presidential adviser for Christian Affairs and leader of the Palestinian committee tasked with the renovation, to The Times of Israel last week. more >>
Palestinian Muslims are part of an ongoing international effort to renovate the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which scholars believe is the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
The Associated Press said in a report on Tuesday that the team of Palestinian and international experts are leading the biggest restoration the historical church has received in close to 600 years. The restoration includes the removal of centuries of dust and structural repairs to windows and the rooftop, with workers being careful to preserve artwork and mosaics dating back to the Crusades. more >>
The Aleppo Codex, the oldest surviving copy of the Hebrew Bible that some experts believe all versions of the Old Testament stem from, has been recognized by UNESCO as an important world treasure.
I24News reported that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization added the millennium-old Codex earlier this week to its International Memory of the World Register, which honors some of the most important discoveries relating to human history.
Adolfo Roitman, the head curator of the Shrine of the Book Museum in Jerusalem, which holds the Codex, explained its significance, stating that all current versions of the Old Testament stem, "in one way or another, from this ancient manuscript." more >>
A team of Israeli archaeologists have criticized plans to build a non-Orthodox prayer area at the Western Wall, arguing that the addition will destroy antiquities and Jewish history.
Nine prominent archaeologists recently penned a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, imploring him to stop plans to build a plaza at the Western Wall that would allow for non-Orthodox gatherings, including mixed-gender prayer, to take place.
The new proposal is part of a larger plan to ease tensions between the country's Orthodox and liberal populations. more >>