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1,400 Year Old Amethyst Ring Found in Israel Thought to Be the Result of Ancient Greek Superstition

A 1,400 year old amethyst ring found by archeologists was most probably worn by a wealthy wine taster in an attempt to ward off a hangover – a myth that originated in Greece and was widely shared in the ancient world.

Written in Greek by two scribes, it dates from the period of the Bar Kokhba revolt, almost 1,900 years ago, when Jewish rebels fled with their families and hid from the Romans in the caves.

New Dead Sea scroll fragments written in Greek found in Israel

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In a stunningly rare discovery, dozens of 2,000-year-old biblical scroll fragments have been excavated from Judean Desert caves during a daring rescue operation. Most of the newly discovered scroll fragments — the first such finds in 60 years — are Greek translations of the books of Zechariah and Nahum from the Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets, and are written in two scribal hands. Only the name of God is written in Hebrew in the texts.