Researcher: Elusive biblical blue found

JERUSALEM - An Israeli researcher says she has identified a nearly 2,000-year old textile that may contain a mysterious blue dye described in the Bible, one of the few remnants of the ancient color ever found.

Naama Sukenik of Israel's Antiquities Authority said Tuesday that recent examination of a small woolen textile discovered in the 1950s found that the textile was colored with a dye from the Murex trunculus, a snail researchers believe was the source of the Biblical blue.

Researchers and rabbis have long searched for the enigmatic color, called tekhelet in Hebrew. The Bible commands Jews to wear a blue fringe on their garments.

Man who defaced Torah gets 4-year term

- A Jackson man who pleaded guilty to defacing a Torah and religious prayer books at a Jackson hotel has been sentenced to four years in prison.

The Jackson Sun reports Madison County Circuit Court Judge Roy Morgan Jr. sentenced 25-year-old Justin Shawn Baker last week to the maximum amount.

Students and faculty at the Margolin Hebrew Academy in Memphis were staying at the Doubletree Hotel on Jan. 12 and had used a meeting room to conduct a Sabbath worship. They left the items in the room overnight. They arrived to find the items defaced. Baker was working at the hotel at the time as a security guard.

Associated Press