Mosaic in Israel shows biblical Samson
Mosaics found in an ancient synagogue include images of women, as well as the biblical figure Samson.
July 4th, 2012
12:47 PM ET

Mosaic in Israel shows biblical Samson

Archaeologists are reveling in the discovery of an ancient synagogue in northern Israel, a "monumental" structure with a mosaic floor depicting the biblical figure of Samson and a Hebrew inscription.

The synagogue - dating to the fourth and fifth centuries in both the Talmudic and late Roman periods - is in Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in the country's Galilee region, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said.

Jodi Magness, a professor of early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said the building was found in a recent excavation.

She called the find "exciting" and described the "very high quality of the artwork" in the mosaic, crafted with "tiny colored stone cubes." Only a few late Roman period synagogues contained mosaics with biblical scenes, she said.

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  1. BOMBO ©

    If this synagogue was found in Palestinian territory, the Jews would be out of luck. Sort of like the Wailing Wall, right?

    July 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HIDE BEHIND

    Is that a white collar. Samson is wearing?

    I thought he was a Hebrew Judge, not a Catholic..

    July 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    Hi, sorry I was gone banasy. Hope your all having a good independence day. I'll cram some cake into the USB port and hopefully it gets through. In case you are wondering, this is the Philippine version of adobo, not the Spanish. As a general rule, I like my meat cooked. I don't care how much vinegar you add, raw is raw.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      BOMBO:
      I had an amazing day!
      I agree with you that vinegar marination isn't the same as cooking; I also want to say I got your cake, and my USB port says thank you!
      We have both been changed by the experience.
      Cheers, my friend!

      July 5, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Donna IQ

    How much did I drink yesterday> Hey, looky here, I think I'm Alex Trebek! THAT'S how much I drank yesterday~

    July 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
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