The Mosaic Floor of the Synagogue at Hamat Tiberias

The 3rd-4th century synagogue has an exquisite mosaic floor divided into three main panels. On the northern side, the mosaic has two lions that seem to ’roar’ 9 different Greek inscriptions that refer to its donors. The center of the mosaic has a large zodiac wheel with Helios, the sun god, at its center. Each corner of the mosaic is marked by four women who represent the seasons, each holding the agricultural yields that come from those seasons. The southern panel, most spectacularly, contains several Jewish symbols: two seven-branched menorahs, a palm frond and citrus (lulav and ethrog), and a ram’s horn (shofar).


The Mosaic Floor of the Synagogue at Hamat Tiberias
Image Credit: Samson Tours

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