New Discoveries in the Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel - Prof. Jodi Magness
Archaeologist Jodi Magness started to excavate the Galilean village of Huqoq to put to rest a decades-old academic debate. Then she found mosaics and the site just keeps on giving.
A dazzling array of mosaics depicting biblical and historical scenes has been unearthed at a Late Roman-era synagogue in the Galilee's ancient Huqoq village since 2012. With intricate attention to detail, each frame - until now kept under wraps - is worth thousands of words. The scenes vary from well-known religious stories such as Jonah and the Whale, Noah's Ark, and Pharaoh's soldiers being swept away by the Red Sea and swallowed up by dozens of fish, to the pagan zodiac at the floor's center, as well as a portrayal of what may be the first purely historical non-biblical scene in a synagogue - complete with armored elephants. Join us on January 20th, 2019 for a first-hand account of recent discoveries by the AIA National Lecturer, professor Jodi Magness, which shed new light on the life and culture of an ancient Jewish village under early fifth-century Christian rule.
Free with an advance reservation
*CSP Members are invited to a pre-program meet and greet with Prof. Magness at 1:30 PM
Sponsor: The Archeological Institute of America -Orange County Society and Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program