Ancient synagogue and mosaic discovered in Galilee

Ancient synagogue and mosaic discovered in Galilee

The excavations are led by Jodi Magness from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and David Amit and Shua Kisilevithz, from the Israel Antiquities Authorities under the patronage of UNC, Brigham Young University in Utah, Trinity University in Texas, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Toronto in Canada. UNC students and teamand consortium schools are participating in the excavation.

Huqoq is a ancient jewish town located approximately two or three miles west of Capernaum and Migdal (Magdala). This second session of excavations has revealed lots of mosaic flooring that decorates the interior of the synagogue.

The mosaic, which is made of small, high-quality colored stone cubes, includes a scene representing Samson placing torches between the tails of foxes (As related in the book of Judges 15). In another part of the mosaic, two humans (apparently women) facing each other on the side of a circular medallion with a Hebrew inscriptionwhich refers to the rewards of those who do well.

This discovery is significant because only a small number of ancient (late Roman) synagogues are decorated with mosaics showing biblical scenes and only two others have scenes of Samson (one is in a place two miles from Huqoq).”Says Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor in the department of religious studies at UNC's College of Arts and Science.

Our mosaics are also important for their high artistic quality and the small size of the cubes. This, together with the monumental size of the stones used in the construction of the walls of the synagogue, suggests a high level of prosperity in the town, as the building must have been very expensive.”.

Excavations are scheduled to continue in the summer 2013.

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