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A photo from the Israel Antiquities Authority shows letters inscribed on pottery unearthed in a fort in Arad, Israel, and dated to about 600 BC. A new analysis suggests that literacy may have been more widespread than previously known in the Holy Land at this time. The findings could influence a debate about when the main body of biblical texts was composed. Photograph: Michael Cordonsky/Israel Antiquities Authority via the New York Times

Eliashib, the quartermaster of the remote desert fortress, received his instructions in writing – notes inscribed in ink on pottery asking for provisi(...)

Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, Sarajevo

Nestled in a valley on either side of the river Miljacka, Sarajevo isn’t known as the “Jerusalem of Europe” for nothing. In its more harmonious past t(...)

Israel’s minister of education Naftali Bennett condemns  party colleague Bezalel Smotricha’s remarks. Photograph: Nahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Knesset member Bezalel Smotrich from the far-right Jewish Home says he supports the segregation of Arab and Jewish mothers in maternity wards in Israe(...)

Valletta skyline at sunset with the Carmelite Church dome and St Paul’s cathedral. A world-heritage site, Unesco calls this time-warp city “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world”

The first thing that can strike you about Malta, a tiny island in the Mediterranean approximately 17 miles long and nine miles wide, are the sheer num(...)

The decision on Thursday last by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva to create a database of businesses “involved in activities”(...)

Israeli soldiers carry a body of a dead Palestinian from the scene of a shooting in Tal Rumaida in the West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday. Photograph: Abed al Hashlamoun/EPA

An Israeli soldier has been detained after video footage was released showing him apparently shooting a wounded and motionless Palestinian in the head(...)

Yemeni Jews Yussef Saeed Hamdi (right), poses with unidentified guests on the first day of his traditional wedding party in the village of Raydah in Amran province, 70km north of Sanaa, in this 2008 photo. Photograph: Khaled Fazaa/AFP/Getty Images

In a covert operation, the last remnants of Yemen’s Jewish community, one of the world’s oldest, have been flown to Israel, bringing to an end a decad(...)

W hatever happened to Skippy’s paw? In the 1960s’ Aussie TV series, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, the FX department seemed limited to a kangaroo paw on t(...)

Israeli police search the spot where at least 10 Israelis were stabbed in the  Jaffa port area of Tel Aviv, March 8th, 2016. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

An American tourist was stabbed to death by a Palestinian in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on Tuesday in an attack in which at least nine other people (...)

“That Patrick Pearse had been totally captured by that pre-Christian myth of redemptive violence is clear.” Photograph courtesy of the National Archives of Ireland

Jesus of Nazareth did not declare himself head of a sovereign Zion. He did not instruct his followers to seize control of Jerusalem, killing anyone wh(...)

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