January 28: Nahman Avigad in the Old City

Israeli archaeologist Nahman Avigad, who excavated the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and discovered remnants of the Jewish revolt against Rome that was crushed by Titus, as described in the work of Josephus, died at 86 on this date in 1992. Avigad also worked on excavating Masada as well as the caves […]

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April 14: The Siege of Jerusalem

Titus, soon to be emperor of Rome, laid siege to Jerusalem on this date in 70 CE, the fifth year of conflict described by Josephus in The Jewish War. To pressure the city’s water and food supplies, Titus allowed Passover pilgrims in but barred them from leaving. In May, he began to batter and breach […]

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