Spelling Jerusalem

Spelling Jerusalem

By Shelley Neese On October 8, 2018, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem unveiled a 2,000-year-old limestone column drum bearing the inscription: “Hanania son of Dudolos from Jerusalem.” The reason why the column drum made international headlines was not because Hanania is...

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Layers of Miracles

Layers of Miracles

By Shelley Neese Israeli Independence Day (known in Hebrew as Yom Ha’atzmaut) occurs this year on the evening of May 8th; celebrations will go on through the next day. Modern Israel is now 71 years old, a very young country by today’s standards. But the people of...

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Passover and Christians

Passover and Christians

In Exodus 13, the Bible presents a holy script for the holiday of Passover. Essentially, God designed a ritual which makes certain that the Jews institute the Exodus in their collective memory. Their Egypt experience binds them as a people who share a history of...

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New Book Unearths Temple Mount Controversies

By Andrew Harrod, Jihad Watch--- Some Jerusalem visitors “are suddenly transfixed and transformed, infused with visions and apocalyptic pretensions,” one Jerusalemite notes in The Copper Scroll Project: An Ancient Secret Fuels the Battle for the Temple Mount. Set in...

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Hitch Your Reading Shovel

By Arlene Bridges, Juicy Ecumenism ---- Hitch your reading shovel to The Copper Scroll Project and dig into a story about the most renowned treasure hunt in history!  Remembering the excitement of childhood treasure hunts, I eagerly read Shelley Neese’s landmark book,...

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Why was Moses Chosen?

Why was Moses Chosen?

Exodus is the most supernatural book in the Hebrew bible. But it is also the climax, the pinnacle of Israel’s story. All roads in the Torah either lead to the Exodus or link back to the Exodus. Before earth-shaking plagues and parting seas, however, the patriarchs...

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Jethro’s Legacy

Jethro’s Legacy

By Shelley Neese The 54 weekly Torah readings, or Parashat Hashavua, each get their own title. The titles are commonly derived from the first meaningful word or words in the text. Mostly, the titles translate to unrevealing phrases like “And he called,” “Elevate!” or...

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The Temple Mount and Mentos

The Temple Mount and Mentos

By Shelley Neese Over the last seven years, Jewish visits to the Temple Mount have increased from a paltry 2,000 visitors in 2004 to 30,000 in 2018. While that uptick pales in comparison to the numbers of Jews who pray at the Western Wall, it is a real and noticeable...

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The Scapegoat and Atonement

The Scapegoat and Atonement

By Shelley Neese In 69 CE, Roman legions circled the walls of Jerusalem, poised to attack. Nervous Jewish factions fought among each other, clashing over the best way to prevent a violent end to their four-year rebellion. Amidst the turmoil, the holiest day of the...

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