BAR 26:05, Sep/Oct 2000
The Sepphoris Synagogue Mosaic
Abraham, the Temple and the sun godtheyre all in there
Sepphoristhe ornament of all Galilee1is a city of mosaics. It seems that wherever excavators dig they turn up mosaics. More than 40 mosaic floors, many of them extremely elaborate, have been uncovered to date. BAR readers are already familiar with the mosaic scene that features the lovely woman known as the Mona Lisa of the Galilee2 and with the scenes that decorate the Nile festival building.3 To these masterpieces we can now add another stunning example of mosaic art: a 44-by-15-foot carpet that covered the floor of a fifth- to seventh-century C.E. synagogue.