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    1. Were These 3,500-Year-Old Carvings of Nude Women Used As Ancient Fertility Drug? - Live Science

      Were These 3,500-Year-Old Carvings of Nude Women Used As Ancient Fertility Drug? - Live Science

      An inscribed ancient Egyptian scarab and five clay tablets with carvings of naked women have been found in Rehob, a 3,500-year-old city in Israel.

      The carvings likely depict ancient fertility goddesses, such as Asherah or Ashtarte, Amihai Mazar, an archaeology professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, told Live Science. "[They] were used at home, as part of popular domestic religious practice in the domestic sphere, mainly related to fertility of women," Mazar said in an email, noting that similar carvings have been found at other archaeological sites in the region.

      The excavation showed that Rehob (known today as ...

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    2. Is This Seal the Earliest Evidence of the Prophet Isaiah?

      Is This Seal the Earliest Evidence of the Prophet Isaiah?

      Some 2,700 years ago, someone pressed a seal bearing the name Isaiah into a soft piece of clay, which hardened over time, say archaeologists who discovered the impression in Jerusalem.

      If the seal was for the prophet Isaiah, it would be the first archaeological evidence of the Jewish prophet, who has a book in the Hebrew Bible named after him.

      Isaiah, according to the Hebrew Bible, encouraged Hezekiah, king of Judah, to fight against the Assyrian army that laid siege to Jerusalem in 701 B.C. Isaiah advised Hezekiah to ignore Assyrian offers to surrender, and said that God ...

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