ASOR Boston 2017, November 15–18, Conference – Abstracts on Synagogue The relevant abstracts that dealt with ancient synagogues at ASOR 2017 are included below:   The Synagogue at Horvat Kur Tine Rassalle (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Rick Bonnie (University of Helsinki), and Annalize Reeder (University of Augsburg), …

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Seventeenth World Congress of Jewish Studies SEE THE PROGRAM FOR LECTURES ON ANCIENT SYNAGOGUES THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM THE WEEK OF AUGUST 6   208    New Discoveries of First- and Second Century-Synagogues in the Land of Israel I Wednesday, 09 August, 2017 15:00-17:00, Room: 2503 Chairperson: Chaim Ben …

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New Finds From Huqoq An ancient Galilean synagogue continues to yield stunning mosaics A team of specialists and students led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor Jodi Magness has uncovered additional mosaic scenes in the Late Roman synagogue at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s Lower …

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International Conference of the Cluster of Excellence

International Conference of the Cluster of Excellence > Synagogues in the Hellenistic-Roman Period New Finds – New Theories – New Methods 13. – 15.06.2017 Click Here: Tagung_Synagogues_in_the_Hellenistic-Roman_Period_Programm


Bible Scenes Uncovered in Ruins of Ancient Synagogue

On a hill above the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, archaeologists have discovered one amazing floor mosaic after another.

Archaeologists excavating a Roman-era synagogue at the site of Huqoq, Israel, have uncovered two new panels of a mosaic floor with instantly identifiable subjects—Noah’s ark, and the parting of the Red Sea during the Israelite exodus from Egypt.

“You can see the pharaoh’s soldiers with their chariots and horses drowning, and even being eaten by large fish,” says excavation director Jodi Magness, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Kursi Sensational Find

About two thousand years ago, a thriving harbor town on the northeast shore of the Sea of Galilee ordered a marble slab from Greece or Turkey, engraved with Hebrew words for the floor of their public building. It was such an extravagant and highly unusual purchase, that they must have had a very special reason for doing so

The Most Ancient Hebrew Scroll since the Dead Sea Scrolls has been Deciphered

For the first time, advanced technologies made it possible to read parts of a scroll that was completely burnt c. 1,500 years, inside the Holy Ark of the synagogue at Ein Gedi. At the end of extremely challenging efforts which lasted over a year, the scientists and researchers were amazed to see verses from the beginning of the Book of Leviticus, suddenly coming back to life.

Huqoq 2015

New mosaics discovered in synagogue excavations in Galilee.
A UNC-Chapel Hill archaeologist who leads the project says images in the mosaics — as well as their high level of artistic quality — have never been found in any other ancient synagogue.
(Chapel Hill, N.C.—July 1, 2015) – This summer, excavations directed by UNC-Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences professor Jodi Magness revealed stunning new mosaics that decorated the floor of the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue in the ancient Jewish village of Huqoq.