This week the University of North Carolina and the Israeli antiquities authority announced the results of the ongoing excavations in Haloce in Galilee, where a few years ago was discovered the synagogue of the fifth century of our era.
Archaeologists have unearthed mosaic floors, depicting numerous scenes from the Bible. Had previously been found, including mosaics, illustrating certain acts of Samson, and probably the scene of the legendary encounter of Alexander the great with the Jewish high priest (according to another version – the confrontation of the Maccabees with the ruler of the Seleucid Empire Antiochus IV Epiphanies).
In 2016, archaeologists have found two mosaic. One depicted Noah’s ark and numerous animals, couples fleeing from the flood. The second was devoted to the transition of the Jews through the Red sea and the destruction of Pharaonic troops. The mosaic depicted the Egyptian soldiers, who eat fish, and drowning horses and overturned chariots.
Archaeologists say that at the moment in the middle East found only four synagogues from the Roman period with such mosaics.
Excavations in Haloce will continue in 2017.