Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Since 2011, Magness has been directing excavations in the Roman-Byzantine village and synagogue of Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee. In June 2012, excavations reached the synagogue’s floor and revealed that it is paved with stunning mosaics. One section, made of tiny stone cubes, depicts female faces flanking a Hebrew or Aramaic inscription referring to rewards for those who perform good deeds. Another section preserves part of a large male figure dressed in a Roman military-style tunic. To the figure’s left are pairs of foxes with their tails tied together and a lighted torch between them in a depiction of Judges 15:4. In this slide-illustrated lecture, Magness presents an overview of the excavations, including the discoveries from the summer 2013 season. This Joukowsky Lecture is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America Dallas-Fort Worth Society.
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