Gannon University To Host World-Renowned Archeologist and Lecture on Excavations and Discoveries

Posted: March 12, 2018Gannon University's Collins Institute for Archaeological Research and Temple Anshe Hesed will host Professor Jodi Magness, Ph.D., to give an illustrated lecture titled, "More Than Just Mosaics: The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee" on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in Yehl Alumni Ballroom of Gannon's Waldron Campus Center, located at 124 W. Seventh St. This event is free and open to the public.

Since 2011, Magness has been directing excavations in the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel's Galilee. The excavations have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue building paved with stunning and unique mosaics, including a variety of biblical scenes and the first non-biblical story ever discovered decorating an ancient synagogue. In this slide-illustrated lecture, Magness describes these exciting finds, including the discoveries made in last summer's season. For more information, visit

Magness holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism. She is a world-renowned archaeologist, specializing in the Roman/Byzantine and early Islamic periods, in the southern Levant. She has excavated at numerous sites in Israel, and is currently directing excavations at Huqoq, a site near Capernaum that may shed light on the world of Jesus, the beginnings of early Christianity, and the emergence of rabbinic Judaism. She has written numerous articles and a number of books, including "The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls," "The Archaeology of the Early Islamic Settlement in Palestine," and "The Archaeology of the Holy Land from the Destruction of Solomon's Temple to the Muslim Conquest."

"We are so lucky to bring Dr. Jodi Magness to Erie to present her stunning new discoveries of the last few seasons of excavations at her site of Huqoq," said Suzanne Richard, Ph.D., director of Gannon's Collins Institute. "The beautifully preserved biblical and unique non-biblical scenes depicted in the mosaic floor of the synagogue are a reason not to miss this lecture; besides, Jodi is a spectacular lecturer."
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