Hebrew Voices 98 – Toilets in Ancient Israel

In this episode of Hebrew Voices, Toilets in Ancient Israel, Nehemia Gordon talks with Rabbi Dr. David Moster about how ancient Israelites took care of their daily needs, how archaeological toilet finds verify the authenticity of the Bible, and profanity in the Bible.

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Rabbi Dr. David Moster is the Founder and Director of The Institute of Biblical Culture, a non-profit organization that aims to provide the general public with an in-depth understanding of the Bible and its cultural world. Moster holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from Bar Ilan University, an MA in Ancient Israel from New York University, and Rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University.

Depiction of ancient communal restrooms.

Depiction of ancient communal restrooms.

Verses Mentioned
Deuteronomy 23:12-14
Judges 3:24
1 Samuel 25:22 – New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
1 Samuel 25:22 King James Version (KJV)
2 Kings 18:27
2 Kings 18:4
2 Chronicles 29-32
2 Kings 10:27
Deuteronomy 12:11-14
Exodus 22:26
Deuteronomy 24:13
Genesis 45:22

10 thoughts on “Hebrew Voices 98 – Toilets in Ancient Israel

  1. Now that brings more meaning to what we read in the Bible, and the stories I’ve learned while I was really young

  2. Before spinning wheels were introduced it took 10 spinners to supply the thread for one weaver. A typical garment represented one “man year” of labor from start to finish until industrialization was widely adopted.

  3. Real interesting, especially the part in II Kings 10 and the matching archaeology! Had to smile, though, remembering what my Jewish friend’s mom would call this way back when we were young … “bathroom humor”. On my way to check out TIBC link you posted. Thanks again, NG !

  4. My wife told me “great now I’ll have to find another word for sherbet … that was great … then I explained they weren’t talking about sherbet, but another s word … so hillarious. Who doesn’t like a good fart joke… toilet humor etc…

  5. Great insight that gives new meaning to “Cleanliness is Next to Godliness”
    Truly all of His instructions are for our good.

    “And Yehovah commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear Yehovah our God, for our good continually, that he might preserve us alive, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 6:24

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