Jürgen K. Zangenberg, Stefan Münger, Raimo Hakola, Byron R. McCane

The Kinneret Regional Project Excavations of a Byzantine Synagogue at Horvat Kur, Galilee, 2010–2013: A Preliminary Report

Volume 2 () / Issue 4, pp. 557-576 (20)

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le presents the preliminary results from four seasons of excavations at Horvat Kur in the Galilee. The excavations conducted by the Kinneret Regional Project have exposed the remains of a broad-house synagogue from the Byzantine period. The most important finds include an elevated platform (i.e., a bemah) that supported a chest holding Torah scrolls, an ornamented limestone seat that was probably used by the leader of the congregation, and a basalt stone table that features geometric figures on three sides and figurative representations on one side. The Horvat Kur synagogue represents a valuable example of the diversity of Galilean synagogues that were built or renovated between the 5th and the 7th centuries C.E.

Jürgen K. Zangenberg Studium der evangelischen Theologie in Erlangen, Heidelberg und Edinburgh; Promotion zum Dr. theol. 1996 an der Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg; 2003 Habilitation an der Kirchlichen Hochschule und der Bergischen Universität Wuppertal; seit 2006 Professor für Neues Testament und Frühchristliche Literatur sowie seit 2008 auch an der Fakultät für Archäologie der Universität Leiden/Niederlande.

Stefan Münger No current data available.

Raimo Hakola is Senior Lecturer at the University of Helsinki and co-director of the archaeological excavations conducted by the Kinneret Regional Project at Horvat Kur, Galilee.

Byron R. McCane No current data available.