July 6, 2016
Excavations this summer in the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s Lower Galilee, have revealed stunning new mosaics.
A panel with Noah’s Ark depicts an ark and pairs of animals, including elephants, leopards, donkeys, snakes, bears, lions, ostriches, camels, sheep and goats.
A scene of the parting of the Red Sea shows Pharaoh’s soldiers being swallowed by large fish, surrounded by overturned chariots with horses and chariot drivers.
“This is by far the most extensive series of biblical stories ever found decorating the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue,” said Jodi Magness, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
See also Bible Scenes Uncovered in Ruins of Ancient Synagogue – A. R. Williams (National Geographic)