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Bibil Identifier bibil:213771
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Conservative Approaches in the Ancient Synagogue Mosaic Pavements in Israel
Title (English, ) The Cases of ʿEin Gedi and Sepphoris/Zippori
Author Ovadiah, Asher
Journal Liber Annuus. Studium Biblicum Franciscanum (Volume: 60)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 307-317 Pages
Genre Original
Notes In memory of Michele Piccirillo. Contient 14 illustrations.
Abstract The uniqueness of the 'Ein Gedi synagogue (fifth century CE) is reflected in several mosaic inscriptions, which give a clear idea of the particular religious view of the Jewish community there, especially that of its spiritual leaders. The textual representation of the twelve signs of the zodiac wheel, instead of the figurative one, was tendentious and stood in total opposition to the visual depiction. A similar conservative approach appears in the non-figural (aniconic) representation of Helios/Sol in the zodiac wheel of the synagogue mosaic at Sepphoris/Zippori (fifth century CE). This representation of Helios/Sol, as a rayed sun-disk, emphasizes the intolerant and non-liberal perception of the Jewish Sages in Sepphoris/Zippori, following the Biblical Second Commandment and in contrast to other synagogues of the early Byzantine period in Israel.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Synagogue
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Themes : Mosaics
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (C - G) : En-Gedi
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Sites : Sites (Q - S) : Sepphoris
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