Where is the Menorah?

Dr. Steven Fine is an historian of Judaism in the Greco-Roman World, a professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University in New York, director of the Arch of Titus Digital Restoration project and the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies. He is a founding editor of -Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture..

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Taken  from an audio excerpt from Ancient Rome Refocused Podcast: Take the Menorah, Episode 43.


Quote by Dr. Steven Fine talking about the Menorah that was taken by the Romans:

“Since the 1950s, there’s been this odd American myth, an urban myth, that the Menorah’s in the basement of the Vatican. But it was never thought of before the 1950s. It’s not there. It’s a strange and weird contemporary story.

If anyone’s interested in reading about it, I’ve written about them. I can tell you that the Menorah doesn’t exist. There’s nothing from ancient times exists that was made of precious metal. There are so few artifacts that exists in world. That there’s no reason to think these things exist in the present. And in fact, an ancient author said as much as the Jewish liturgical poet Yannai said, ‘The branches of Menorah were smashed in anger.’ And that’s about the truth of it.”


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