Biblical Samson ties burning torches to the tails of foxes, as related in the Book of Judges, and two human faces flank a medallion with a Hebrew inscription that refers to rewards for those who perform good deeds.
These images are depicted in a newly discovered 1,600-year- old synagogue mosaic, made of tiny colored stone cubes of the highest quality. The work was uncovered by archaeologists excavating the Jewish village of Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee.
“This discovery is significant,” Jodi Magness, an archaeologist from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said today. “Only a small number of ancient Late Roman synagogue buildings are decorated with mosaics showing biblical scenes, and only two others have scenes with Samson. One is at another site just a couple of miles from Huqoq.”
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