Lectures – Forthcoming

WEDNESDAY 12th JUNE 2019 (AGM Lecture)
The Society’s AGM commences at 5.00pm preceding the lecture

PROF. DR JÜRGEN K. ZANGENBERG  
(Leiden University)
TABLE, SEAT AND PLATFORM, DISCOVERIES IN THE ROMAN-BYZANTINE SYNAGOGUE
AT HORVAT KUR (GALILEE)

6:00 PM – Institute of Archaeology, University College London
Lecture Theatre G6, (Ground Floor)
31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY

Image courtesy of Prof. Dr. Jürgen K. Zangenberg – Mosaic fragment of the floor of the earlier synagogue phase showing a menorah and a name

Since 2007, the Kinneret Regional Project (www.kinneret-excavations.org) has conducted archaeological explorations on the Galilean hill site at Horvat Kur, 2km northwest of the Lake of Galilee. Searching for a Hellenistic-Roman village, the team discovered a Late Roman-Byzantine synagogue instead, fully excavated between 2010 and 2018. The excavations brought very interesting finds to light: remains of a bimah, an enigmatic stone table with decoration, a stone seat of the community leader, indications for a balcony, fragments of a mosaic with the depiction of a menorah and a few surprises. They also shed light on everyday Jewish village life and liturgy in the Byzantine period.

Jürgen K. Zangenberg is Professor for the History and Culture of Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity at Leiden University. He has been active as an archaeologist at several sites in Jordan and Israel. For more than 15 years, he co-directed excavations at Tel Kinrot and Horvat Kur in the Galilee conducted by Kinneret Regional Project, with colleagues from Switzerland, Finland and the US (www.kinneret-excavations.org). In the conviction that texts only tell us “half the story” about ancient societies (if at all), his research interests cover literary as well as material culture, on both of which he has published widely.

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