Thursday, September 23, 2010

(NEWS) 1,500 Year Old Samaritan Synagogue Discovered

"Regards from 1,500 years ago: A third Samaritan synagogue in the Beit She’an area, south of the Kinneret Sea (Sea of Galilee), has been uncovered by archaeologists of the Israel Antiquities Authority. The dig is being conducted with funding from the Ministry of Construction and Housing in preparation for the expansion of a residential neighborhood.

Most of a Greek inscription that states 'This is the Temple' was found there, as was a large and colorful mosaic floor. The synagogue, estimated to be some 1,500 years old, was discovered before the holidays, southwest of Bet She’an.

The remains of a farmstead from the Late Byzantine period were also exposed in the dig."

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