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The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee

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The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee

Dr. Jodi Magness

In Israel’s Galilee lies the ancient village of Huqoq, mentioned in Joshua and 1 Chronicles as land allotted to the tribe of Asher and notable as the location of the Tomb of the Prophet Habakkuk.

Since 2011, Huqoq has gained fame for the excavations directed by Professor Jodi Magness. These excavations have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman period (400s CE) synagogue building that is replete with stunning and unique mosaics, including depictions of the biblical hero Samson, Noah's Ark, the parting of the Red Sea, and the first non-biblical story ever discovered decorating an ancient synagogue.

In this richly illustrated lecture, Professor Magness will describe these exciting finds, plus the discoveries made during the summer of 2017, which include mosaics of the building of the Tower of Babel, Jonah and the whale, and the Roman sun god Helios on a four-horse chariot. For more information visit:

Jodi Magness is Professor of Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

$10 General Admission
$8 BASONOVA, Bender JCC Members
$5 Ring House Residents, College Students, B’nai Israel Congregants, Foundation for Jewish Studies Members
Free BAF Subscribers, High School Studen