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Lecture: Ancient Synagogues in the Land of Israel

May 4, 2013
Fullerton Hall
Free with museum admission

By the time of Jesus (first century B.C.E.-first century C.E.), Jews living in the Land of Israel began to build congregational halls (synagogues) to accommodate their assemblies. In this slide-illustrated lecture, Jodi Magness will survey the development of these buildings through late antiquity (sixth century C.E.) and discuss their decoration, which includes figured images such as the Greco-Roman sun god Helios.

Jodi Magness holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism. She received her B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Magness specializes in the archaeology of ancient Palestine (modern Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories) in the Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic periods. Her research interests include Jerusalem, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient synagogues, Masada, the Roman army in the East, and ancient pottery.

Sponsored by the Boshell Foundation Lecture Fund.

Helios, from the Hammath Tiberias Synagogue, A.D. 286 and 337. Roman, Palestine, Tiberias (modern Israel).