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CalendarThe Jewish Calendar
More than a way of tracking the passage of time, the Jewish calendar lays out a structure by which to live. Developed over a long period of time, the Jewish calendar was set during the Babylonian exile and is, on the whole, the same calendar used today. The Jewish calendar is structured around the week with its Sabbath, the month with its new moon, and the year with its annual holidays.

Learn about the Jewish holidays and their development. This presentation requires Macromedia Flash.
The Judean Diaspora in the Greek World
Greek MapBy the time the Greeks arrived in Judea in the fourth century BCE, trade and exile had created Jewish communities all over the known world. Living beyond Judea, the Jews were highly involved in local cultures while they still maintained distinct beliefs and practices.

Follow the movement of Jewish communities in the Diaspora from the 6th century BCE through the 1st century CE.
Archaeological finds in Qumran, on the shore of the Dead Sea, tell the story of a Jewish sect that lived 2000 years ago, in the time of the Maccabees. Ancient documents found in caves, known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, shed light on the life of this sect and life in Judea as well.

Explore the ruins found at Qumran and the texts that comprise the Dead Sea Scrolls. This presentation requires Macromedia Flash.

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