A synagogue dating to the Late Roman and Byzantine periods (the 4th-6th centuries CE) has been discovered in archaeological excavations at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee.
The discovery is significant because of the high artistic quality of biblical scenes made with mosaic cubes, suggesting “a high level of prosperity in this village, as the building was clearly costly,” says Jodi Magness, professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
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