As an Israeli artist, I find myself astonished by the ignorance of the masses regarding the ancient history of the Jewish nation while promoting fabricated history in the name of "Liberation." That is why I've decided to create this new pendant and ring, which is based on ancient seals from the 8th century BC from the kingdom of Israel, which later became the kingdom of Judea. This specific seal was found in Megiddo in 1904. It was a jasper seal bearing the name of "Shema Slave of Jeroboam" (the king of Israel). I've used the same ancient Hebrew Phoenician fonts so that the Hebrew words say: "Gur Ariye Yehuda"- The Lion's Cub of Judah; that is because the Lion's Cub was also the symbol of the tribe of Judah, as can be found in the ancient blessing/prophecy of Israel (Jacob) in the book of Genesis to his sons on his deathbed. " Judah, your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father's son will bow down to you. You are a lion's cub, Judah. " It symbolizes courage, faith, grace, and the fulfillment of the ancient prophecies.
There are many false narratives about the history of Israel, so here's a brief summary.
First of all, the State of Israel is not a "safe haven" for Jews. It is simply the ancient homeland of the Jewish nation known as Judea, the Land of Israel or Zion. The land here is literally "soaked" with millions of artifacts, monuments, and even cities from thousands of years of Jewish history. The Israeli nation is the twelve tribes that cultivated this land as one nation, the Israeli nation that later became the Jewish nation after Israel "assimilated" with the tribe of Judah; thus, this land became known as Judea, and its people are the Jews/Judeans.
The Jews/the Israeli nation were an agrarian culture. That is why most of the Jewish festivals and religious holidays are linked to the most important times in the annual agricultural events, such as harvesting (for example, the Sukkot holiday is known as Hag Ha'Asif -the harvesting holiday. So, there is an unbreakable connection between Judaism and this piece of land, the Land of Israel. As a matter of fact, at every Jewish wedding for the past 2000 years, the groom takes a symbolic oath to remember and rebuild Zion/Jerusalem, and in every prayer book (a "siddur"), you will find prayers that commemorate the longing for the return of the Jewish nation to Land of Israel.
Over the years, I've made a few pieces based on actual ancient artifacts from this land from my private collection, such as the Rebel's Pendant and ring.
The three coins above are part of my private collection. The two coins above are Jewish coins from the kingdom of Judea. The one on the left with the vine leaf states in ancient Hebrew, "Year Two." That is the second year of the Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, which took place in the Land of Israel/Judea between 66-73 AD and ended after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. While the other side of the coin states "Freedom to Zion" or "Herut Le' Zion."
The name Palestine was given to the kingdom after the second revolt against the Romans between 132 -136 when the Romans changed the name of the province of Judea to Syria Palaestina in order to eradicate the memory of Judea after the failed rebellion, though some Jewish communities remained in various locations such as the galilee the majority were slaughtered or sold as slaves.
The land became part of various empires and was actually mostly desolated with some Jewish and Arab communities mostly in the major cities such as Jerusalem, Jaffa and Safed; that is because it was just a minor part of each empire, so there was no independent state (Arab or Jewish for that matter) for almost two millennia up until 1948.
The coin on the right was stamped between 6-9 AD during the time of COPONIUS, who was the first procurator of Judea, and it bears the image of the Judean date palm tree; that is because dates grown in the region have had distinctive reputations for thousands of years and have become the symbol of the kingdom.
Here's an interesting symbolic story
Between 1963 and 1965, excavations at Herods's palace on Masada revealed a cache of date palm seeds preserved in an ancient jar. They had experienced a very dry and sheltered environment for millennia. Radiocarbon dating confirmed the seeds dated from between 155 BC to 64 CE. The seeds were held in storage for 40 years until Dr. Sarah Sallon came up with the initiative to germinate some ancient seeds, and eventually, in 2005, she and her friend Dr. Elaine Solowey managed to sprout several seeds. Nowadays, these trees, which became extinct centuries ago, are already bearing fruit, and the ancient date palm of Judea is alive again.
The ancient prophecies predicted that the Jewish nation would return to its ancient homeland and that the lost tribes would return (that actually happened when the Ethiopian Jews were brought back (Israel was the only nation in history that actually fought to rescue communities of black men and women and bring them as free people), and they are the descendants of the tribe of Dan, or Jews from India who returned to their ancient homeland and they are the descendants of the tribe of Manasseh.
Last but not least, the silver coin at the bottom was stamped after the failure of the first rebellion and depicts a Roman soldier standing above a Jewish captive with the words "Judaea Capta" occupied Judea. Well, that's not going to happen again. Judaea Liberata
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