Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Back to Israel, my friends!  Today we will journey to Sepphoris, the traditional home of Mary's parents.
It had been raining all day and you can see in this image that my camera lens had gotten a little foggy.  These are the theater ruins at Sepphoris.

A closer image of the citadel.


The ruins of a wealthy home in the upper part of Sepphoris.

These are ruins of the mosaic within that home.  The outer U shape would have made up the entry way.

 I was amazed at the detail of the mosaic tilework. 
 A room in the house.
 This image is a closeup of one section of the mosaic.

Another detailed view of a portion of the mosaic.

Here are a few more detailed images of the mosaic work.  I can't imagine having this kind of art on the floor.  I remember hearing that some of the images represented characters in Greek mythology.

More ruins in the house.  I'm so glad they built everything with stone, so we can still see it!

Here are ruins of the city.  We learned on our tour that not only was Joseph a carpenter, but he was also a stonemason.  Apparently, the city of Sepphoris was undergoing rebuilding during the time Mary and Joseph would have lived in Nazareth, so it is possible that Joseph helped with the rebuilding of this community.  In fact, one of our guides said it was possible that Jesus might have helped Joseph with this work.  I believe Sepphoris had a Greek influence and another reason it was suggested that Joseph and Jesus may have worked here is because of a word Jesus uses in Scripture that has a Greek influence.  Unfortunately, I forgot to write the word down in my journal!  Oops!

The sign describes the Citadel, which was built by the Turkish people with Roman stones.

Quite impressive!

Ruins of the Jewish quarters

Our guide said that the stone sidewalk in the lower portion of this photo was probably from Jesus' time.

Then, we headed to the synagogue ruins.

This geometric pattern was the aisle of the synagogue.  If you'll notice the writing within the mosaic and on the edges, it denotes the names of those who gave money to the synagogue.

This sign gives more detail.

Possibly where the box containing the Torah scroll went.

Image of what the synagogue would have looked like.

Towards the bottom of this image are two lions on either side of a wreath.  From this perspective one of the lions looks like he is upside down in the lower right corner.  The wreath contained a benedictory phrase in Greek.  The designed lines around the lions represented protection and the lions signified guardians as this portion of the mosaic was near the pulpit in the synagogue.

This is the description of the lion and wreath with more detail.

A description of the mosaic below featuring menorahs on either side of a building.

This description is of the mosaic below which depicts Aaron's consecration in the tabernacle.

This description discusses the three images of the daily offering to the left, the shewbread table in the center and the basket of first fruits to the right that are featured below.

This sign describes the zodiac mosaic shown below.

The description of the mosaic depicting the binding of Isaac as shown below.

The mosaic depicting the angels' visit to Abraham and Sarah.

Description of the Abraham and Sarah mosaic.

It was so fascinating to see the detail in all of the mosaic work on the synagogue floor, especially considering the symbolism each one offerred.

Next, we journeyed to see the Jesus boat!


  1. Wow! How amazing. One of cousins went to Isreal when mother was pregnant with me. She brought back little bottles of water from the river Jordon. Both by brother & I were christened with it.


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