Mosaic in Israel shows biblical Samson
July 5th, 2012
03:29 AM ET

Mosaic in Israel shows biblical Samson

By Joe Sterling, CNN

(CNN) - Archaeologists are reveling in the discovery of an ancient synagogue in northern Israel, a "monumental" structure with a mosaic floor depicting the biblical figure of Samson and a Hebrew inscription.

The synagogue - dating to the fourth and fifth centuries in both the Talmudic and late Roman periods - is in Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in the country's Galilee region, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said.

Jodi Magness, a professor of early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said the building was found in a recent excavation.

- CNN's Laura Koran

Filed under: Art • Israel • Judaism

soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Zoe

    wow and we thought budapest was special for having the second largest synagogue in the world: http://jewish.hu/view.php?clabel=zsinagogak

    July 9, 2012 at 5:13 am |
  2. Peace2All


    July 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  3. Salero21

    This is so ri-di-cu-lo-us and stu-pid, beyond belief and understanding. Of course I do believe the Bible. But my Faith IS NOT based on some purported archaelogical findings.

    These works of Art are nothing more than the product of the feeble imaginations of some. The israelites of the times of Samson did not made them. As a matter of Fact true israelites of the time and later periods, probably did not either. These may have been done by hellenized jews of later times. The Imagination is not, never was and never will be a good resource to understand the Scriptures.

    July 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    July 6, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • Salero21

      Agree and neither is materialism or a materialistic aproach to life.

      July 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
  5. patriottony

    Why does what I believe (Christianity) so upset you the "NON Believer"? They have found the Ark, Discovery Channel has 4 sceintists, who have found the exact place moses crossed...was it a miracle? No,,,it was severe tidal change, coupled with extreme winds that casued a shallowing of the water across a submerged ridge...not a theory,,they can even pinpoint the dates.
    Bottom line,,,are there other beings out there,,sure there are. Did god in his wisdom create them, sure he did. Have they been here,,maybe....maybe we are the aliens? There are too many physical artifacts that SUPPORT religion, and what do the UFO people hae...crop circles? Green man,,Gray man...? Really show me some of your evidence? I have the bible, I have my faith, and those will giude me.

    July 6, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • Thinker23

      Sorry to disappoint you but they DID NOT find the Arc and they DID NOT find the place Moses crossed the Red Sea. They've SPECULATED where these places migh be, that's all. Looking for something and actually FINDING it are VERY different things.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      patriottony.. do you know that there are magic wands, and that they really do exist... they are more powerful than god.. i have seen them used on the Harry Potter films... and they are in the books as well.. My book is more true than yours so you cannot be correct.

      July 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Bet

      There's no evidence that Noah or Moses even existed, much less finding an "ark" or a "Red Sea crossing". You're being lied to every time you go to church or read the bible.

      July 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • crownme

      Where is your "proof"? YEA about the same as UFO's huh? Get real and make sure you know what your blogging about before people that know more about your religion and current events than you do.. correct you 🙂

      July 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
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