Tag Archive for Judah Maccabee

2,000 yr-old coin from Greek King Antiochus IV rule discovered in Jerusalem


Ancient coin depicting Antiochus, who sparked the Maccabean revolt that led to the victory of the Maccabees & reclamation of the Jewish Temple, was found in the courtyard of Jerusalem’s Tower of David.



Nearly 30 years after the completion of excavations in the courtyard of Jerusalem’s Tower of David, outside the Old City’s walls, archeologists thought no stone was left unturned.

Tower of David and courtyard in Jerusalem - Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Tower of David and courtyard in Jerusalem – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

However, during routine conservation work in the museum’s archeological garden, Orna Cohen, veteran archeologist and chief conservation officer at the Tower of David, spotted a metallic item among stones near a wall. Continue Reading »

Archaeological Excavation in Israel Thought to be Tomb of the Maccabees


Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority have set out on a mission to solve a 150 year-old riddle – and a treasure written about by the famous Roman-era Jewish historian Josephus Flavius.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and residents of the city of Modi’in located west of Jerusalem recently uncovered a massive mausoleum, which archaeologists believe may be the actual tomb of the Maccabees who fought off Greek occupation over 2,000 years ago.

A free event will be held at the excavation site over the upcoming Sukkot holiday, as the IAA calls on the public to donate and volunteer in trying to uncover the truth behind the fascinating site. Continue Reading »

Israeli Historian Proves Ancient Jewish-Roman ‘Friendship’ Decree

Bronze Tablet turns the world of historical research upside down, proving ancient Jewish warrior Judas Maccabeaeus recognized by Rome

By Hana Levi Julian



An independent historian from the small northern Negev city of Arad has turned the world of historical research upside down with controversial new research published in a Danish journal.

JMThe article authored by Dr. Linda Zollschan, which appears in Classica Et Mediaevalia, the Danish Journal of Philology and History, Volume 63, proves a long-gone bronze tablet displaying ‘friendship’ between Rome and Israel’s Jews did indeed exist. The research has overturned previous assertions to the contrary.

Ancient writers – Josephus, Justinus and Eusebius – have all made reference to the fact that the Jews received “friendship” (a technical term for diplomatic ties, just below formal diplomatic relations) from the Romans.
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