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Pittsburgh talk will focus on ancient synagogue mosaics

Stephen Huba
| Thursday, April 5, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
A fifth century B.C. mosaic depicting a wood carver working on the construction of the Tower of Babel.
Jim Haberman | Huqoq Excavation Project
A fifth century B.C. mosaic depicting a wood carver working on the construction of the Tower of Babel.

The leader of an excavation team in Israel will give a slide lecture at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary at 7:30 p.m. April 12 about several recent, historically significant discoveries.

Jodi Magness, professor of Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will talk about the finds from last summer's archaeological dig in the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel's Galilee region.

The lecture , which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Knox Room, Long Hall.

The dig, which is entering its eighth season, has uncovered mosaics from a fifth century B.C. synagogue depicting everything from the biblical story of Samson to the story of Noah's Ark.

The 2017 discoveries included ancient mosaics depicting the biblical story of Jonah and the building of the Tower of Babel.

The seminary's Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology will be open from 6:30-7:15 p.m. and after the lecture.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1280, or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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