Oldest mosaic of Bible’s Jonah found in Galilee

Recently discovered panels on an ancient synagogue floor in the Galilee show famous biblical sagas unfolding.

A mosaic depicting the biblical story of Jonah has recently been uncovered at the synagogue at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s Lower Galilee. This represents the first time the story of Jonah has been discovered decorating the floor of a synagogue in Israel.

The panel, exposed by a team led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor Jodi Magness, shows the biblical story of Jonah and the whale with a twist: Jonah’s legs are shown dangling from the mouth of a large fish, which is being swallowed by a larger fish, with this larger fish being swallowed by an even larger fish.

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