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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(...)

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(...)

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