Mosaic of Samson

Mosaic showing Samson carrying the gates of Gaza. Huqoq Excavation Project, Israel. Photograph by Jim Haberman.

This mosaic was uncovered in the synagogue of Huqoq, a village located to the northwest of the Sea of Galilee. Huqoq was inhabited in the biblical, postbiblical, and medieval periods. The synagogue building dates to the fifth century C.E. and was constructed of large ashlar blocks coated with a thick layer of white plaster on the interior. This mosaic illustrates the story of Samson taking the city gates of Gaza on his shoulders and carrying them to the top of the hill across from Hebron (Judg 16:1-3).

Mosaic of Samson with Gates

of or relating to Moses or the writings attributed to him.

A large, hewn stone block often found in monumental architecture.

A site where older artifacts are dug up or otherwise revealed.

Of or relating to the Middle Ages, generally from the fifth century to the fifteenth century C.E. and overlapping somewhat with late antiquity.

of or relating to Moses or the writings attributed to him.

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Judg 16:1-3

Samson and Delilah
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