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Hanukkah Gift Suggestions

Our Hanukkah gift suggestions listed here are mostly coins and antiquities from Israel, and books about them. Of course any item in our shop could make a nice Hanukkah gift, but this page is intended to highlight some items related to Israel and Jewish history.

In 168 B.C., Antiochus IV ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. The Temple in Jerusalem was seized and dedicated to Zeus. The Jews revolted and after three years of fighting, Judah Maccabee defeated the Seleukid army. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, commemorates the rededication of the Temple in 165 B.C. According to the Talmud, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, enough time to prepare and consecrate fresh oil. John Hyrcanus was the son of Simon the Maccabee and nephew of Judah Maccabee, the hero of the Hanukkah story. John Hyrcanus was the first Jewish ruler to issue coins in his own name.

Lot of 16 Judaean and Related Ancient Coins, Some Rare

|Holyland| |Bulk| |Lots|, |Lot| |of| |16| |Judaean| |and| |Related| |Ancient| |Coins,| |Some| |Rare||Lot|
1) Vespasian, Judaea Capta, fourrée denarius, aVF, core exposure.
2) Gabinius, AE18, head of the proconsul Gabinius right. / GAB NY, Dionysos standing left, cantharos in right, thyrsus in left, uncertain date, RPC 4827, F.
3) Claudius, AE22, Judaea, Anchor, RPC 4848, F, rough, Very rare.
4) Agrippa II, AE20, Nike and shield on palm, Hendin 743, F.
5) Iliya (Jerusalem), AE fals, c. 740’s A.D., Album 1632, VF / Fair.
6 - 16) Herod I, Alexander Jannaeus, Herod Agrippa, Marcus Ambibulus, Antonius Felix, Herod Archelaus, Coponius, Pontus Pilate, Valerius Gratus (11 coins), Fair to Fine.
LT91388. Mixed Lot, Lot of 16 coins, some rare, includes Judaea Capta fourrée denarius, no flips or tags, consignor's description beside the photo is not guaranteed to be accurate - FORVM did not verify the descriptions or attributions, the lot is the actual coins in the photograph, as-is no returns; $310.00 SALE |PRICE| $250.00
 


Roman Syro-Palestinian, Glass Sprinkler Jug, 4th - 5th Century A.D.

|Glass| |Antiquities|, |Roman| |Syro-Palestinian,| |Glass| |Sprinkler| |Jug,| |4th| |-| |5th| |Century| |A.D.|
This opaque buff-yellow-brown enamel-like weathering is common on glass vessels found in Israel, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. Syria-Palaestina was a Roman province between 135 and about 390 A.D. It was established by the merger of Roman Syria and Roman Judaea, following the defeat of the Bar Kokhba revolt. Shortly after 193, the northern regions were split off as Coele Syria in the north and Phoenice in the south, and the province Syria Palaestina was reduced to Judea.
AG21147. Choice, complete, intact, thick yellowish brown enamel-like weathering, weathering chipped in spots on rim and near base exposing rough glass surfaces, sprinkler jug, free-blow, thick green glass, 11.1 cm (4 3/8") tall, 6.1 cm (2 3/8") maximum diameter, small funnel mouth, rolled and folded in rim, short tubular neck, washer-like dropper diaphragm inside the base of neck, glass trail handle attached below rim and below neck; piriform body, kicked bottom with pontil mark; from a New Jersey dealer; $220.00 SALE |PRICE| $198.00
 


Roman Palestina or Arabia, Nabataean Pottery Oil Lamp, c. 225 - 300 A.D.

|Hanukkah|, |Roman| |Palestina| |or| |Arabia,| |Nabataean| |Pottery| |Oil| |Lamp,| |c.| |225| |-| |300| |A.D.|
This lamp came to us in a group accumulated in Israel. The four Nabatean towns of Haluza, Mamshit, Avdat and Shivta, with their associated fortresses and agricultural landscapes linking them to the Mediterranean are in the Negev Desert, southern Israel today. In his, Nabataean Clay Lamps, an Analytical Study of Art and Myths, Nabil Khariy identifies lamps known from the Nabataean sites, especially Petra, which can be differentiated from Greek, Roman and Judaean parallels and identified specifically as Nabataean made. Khariy notes that although the Nabataeans lost their independence in 106 A.D., excavations clearly show aspects of Nabataean culture continued until late in the 6th century A.D. Khariy 66, similar to this lamp, is described as made with a local clay and cruder than similar lamps from non-Nabataean sites. Grawehr type J3, like this lamp, has a larger filling hole than most similar lamps. The larger filling hole is found on late examples of the type.
AL21908. Nabatean Oil Lamp; cf. Khariy 66; Grawehr J3 (Petra, 225-300 A.D.) Murray-Ellis p. 26, 16 (Petra, ND); Negev-Sivan p. 117, 129 (Mampsis, 75-200 A.D.), near Choice, intact, small chips in handle, c. 225 - 300 A.D.; reddish-brown clay, round body, small rounded nozzle, small knob handle, defined ridge separating shoulders from plain concave discus, ten stamped rosettes impressed around shoulders, very low ring base; $150.00 (€138.00)
 


Roman, Syro-Palestinian, Small Glass Jar with Funnel Mouth, 3rd - 4th Century A.D.

|Glass| |Antiquities|, |Roman,| |Syro-Palestinian,| |Small| |Glass| |Jar| |with| |Funnel| |Mouth,| |3rd| |-| |4th| |Century| |A.D.|
A globular body with a funnel mouth is a very common form from the third to fourth century. Some vessels of this form were finely made, some were decorated, and some, like this specimen were plain and utilitarian.
AG21015. cf. Isings 104b, Yale Gallery 268, Ontario Museum 474 (larger), Average, complete and intact, spots of rust colored weathering, glass small jar with a flaring mouth, 4.9 cm (1 7/8) tall, 3.9 cm (1 1/2") maximum diameter, free-blown, careless irregular shape, pale near colorless aquamarine glass, many bubbles, bulbous body, short neck, funnel mouth, fire rounded rim, kicked bottom with pontil mark; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years; $150.00 SALE |PRICE| $135.00
 


Late Roman - Byzantine, Holyland (Syro-Palestinian), "Elongated" Pottery Oil Lamp, c. 400 - 650 A.D.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Late| |Roman| |-| |Byzantine,| |Holyland| |(Syro-Palestinian),| |"Elongated"| |Pottery| |Oil| |Lamp,| |c.| |400| |-| |650| |A.D.|
This type is identified by Adler as a Transjordan elongated lamp. Adler writes that the shoulders are narrow and ornamented with a wide variety of motifs including linear bands, geometric, and floral designs; the handle is tongue shaped projecting horizontally and decorated with three or more bands; the nozzle is decorated with geometric or floral designs or rarely a cross. The type is found in the northern part of Transjordan, and in Israel, mainly in northern Israel and the Beit Shean area. They date possibly as early as the fifth century, mostly to the sixth century and extending into the first half of the seventh century. In the Hellenistic and Roman eras Beit Shean was the Decapolis city Scythopolis. Click the photo on the right of the Roman theater at Beit Shean, to learn more about the city. Scythopolis
AL93927. Transjordan elongated lamp; Adler type JOR.1, cf. 967 - 968 (similar ornamentation); 8.6 cm (3 5/8") long, Choice, complete and intact, small cut on rim, tiny chips in handle, minor deposits (visible in photos), c. 400/500 - 600/650 A.D.; pink-orange clay, mold made, elongated body, tongue shaped handle rising diagonally ornamented with three vertical bands, double rim around large filling hole, pattern of dots in the angles of zig-zag lines on the shoulders and nozzle, decorative circle on the bottom (not a true ring base); $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00
 


Late Roman - Byzantine, Holyland (Syro-Palestinian), "Elongated" Pottery Oil Lamp, c. 400 - 650 A.D.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Late| |Roman| |-| |Byzantine,| |Holyland| |(Syro-Palestinian),| |"Elongated"| |Pottery| |Oil| |Lamp,| |c.| |400| |-| |650| |A.D.|
This type is identified by Adler as a Transjordan elongated lamp. Adler writes that the shoulders are narrow and ornamented with a wide variety of motifs including linear bands, geometric, and floral designs; the handle is tongue shaped projecting horizontally and decorated with three or more bands; the nozzle is decorated with geometric or floral designs or rarely a cross. The type is found in the northern part of Transjordan, and in Israel, mainly in northern Israel and the Beit Shean area. They date possibly as early as the fifth century, mostly to the sixth century and extending into the first half of the seventh century. In the Hellenistic and Roman eras Beit Shean was the Decapolis city Scythopolis. Click the photo on the right of the ancient ruins at Beit Shean, to learn more about the city. Scythopolis
AL93938. Transjordan elongated lamp; Adler type JOR.1, cf. 967 (smaller, similar ornamentation); 9.2 cm (3 5/8") long, Choice, complete and intact, minor bumps, light earthen deposits, c. 400/500 - 600/650 A.D.; pink-orange clay, mold made, elongated body, tongue shaped handle rising diagonally ornamented with five vertical bands, triple rim around large filling hole, floral-geometric pattern of lines and dots on the shoulders and nozzle, decorative circle on bottom (not a true ring base); $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00
 


Guide to BIBLICAL COINS, 5th Edition

|Judean| |&| |Biblical| |Books|, |Guide| |to| |BIBLICAL| |COINS,| |5th| |Edition|
Guide to BIBLICAL COINS

By David Hendin


The new edition of the most popular reference ever written for ancient biblical and Jewish coins. 6 x 9 inch, study stitch-bound hardcover with full color dustjacket, 640 pages
BK43168. Guide to BIBLICAL COINS, 5th Edition, by David Hendin, values by Hebert Kreindler, $85.00 SALE |PRICE| $76.50
 


Late Roman - Byzantine, Holyland (Syro-Palestinian), "Elongated" Pottery Oil Lamp, c. 400 - 650 A.D.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Late| |Roman| |-| |Byzantine,| |Holyland| |(Syro-Palestinian),| |"Elongated"| |Pottery| |Oil| |Lamp,| |c.| |400| |-| |650| |A.D.|
This type is identified by Adler as a Transjordan elongated lamp. Adler writes that the shoulders are narrow and ornamented with a wide variety of motifs including linear bands, geometric, and floral designs; the handle is tongue shaped projecting horizontally and decorated with three or more bands; the nozzle is decorated with geometric or floral designs or rarely a cross. The type is found in the northern part of Transjordan, and in Israel, mainly in northern Israel and the Beit Shean area. They date possibly as early as the fifth century, mostly to the sixth century and extending into the first half of the seventh century. In the Hellenistic and Roman eras Beit Shean was the Decapolis city Scythopolis. Click the photo on the right of the ancient ruins at Beit Shean, to learn more about the city. Scythopolis
AL93920. Transjordan elongated lamp; Adler type JOR.1, cf. 969 (similar ornamentation); 9.1 cm (3 5/8") long, Average+, light encrustations, hole in shoulder (visible in photo), c. 400/500 - 600/650 A.D.; pink clay, mold made, elongated body, tongue shaped handle rising diagonally ornamented with three vertical bands, triple rim around large filling hole, radiating bands on convex shoulders, dots in circles and lines on nozzle; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00
 


Late Roman - Byzantine, Holyland (Syro-Palestinian), "Elongated" Pottery Oil Lamp, c. 400 - 650 A.D.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Late| |Roman| |-| |Byzantine,| |Holyland| |(Syro-Palestinian),| |"Elongated"| |Pottery| |Oil| |Lamp,| |c.| |400| |-| |650| |A.D.|
This type is identified by Adler as a Transjordan elongated lamp. Adler writes that the shoulders are narrow and ornamented with a wide variety of motifs including linear bands, geometric, and floral designs; the handle is tongue shaped projecting horizontally and decorated with three or more bands; the nozzle is decorated with geometric or floral designs or rarely a cross. The type is found in the northern part of Transjordan, and in Israel, mainly in northern Israel and the Beit Shean area. They date possibly as early as the fifth century, mostly to the sixth century and extending into the first half of the seventh century. In the Hellenistic and Roman eras Beit Shean was the Decapolis city Scythopolis. Click the photo on the right of the Roman theater at Beit Shean, to learn more about the city. Scythopolis
AL93926. Transjordan elongated lamp; Adler type JOR.1, cf. 969 (similar ornamentation); 9.1 cm (3 5/8") long, Average, traces of white slip, chip at rim, handle broken, encrustations (visible in photo), c. 400/500 - 600/650 A.D.; pink clay, mold made, elongated body, handle rising diagonally, triple rim around large filling hole, radiating bands on convex shoulders, dots in circles and lines on nozzle, decorative circle on bottom (not a true ring base); $50.00 SALE |PRICE| $45.00
 


SNG American Numismatic Society, Part 6, Palestine - South Arabia

|Greek| |Books|, |SNG| |American| |Numismatic| |Society,| |Part| |6,| |Palestine| |-| |South| |Arabia|||
SNG ANS 6

The Collection of The American Numismatic Society,
Part 6, Palestine-South Arabia

By Ya'Akov Meshorer

A must have for Biblical coin collectors. A catalogue of The American Numismatic Society's collection of 1615 Palestine-South Arabian coins. Finely organized so that on one page you get plates of the coins and on the other you have the numismatic text of them.
BK34192. SNG American Numismatic Society, Part 6, Palestine - South Arabia by Ya'Akov Meshorer, large format, hardback, new; $36.00 SALE |PRICE| $32.40
 




  



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