(Times of Israel) Pachyderms find no mention in the Bible. So Professor Jodi Magness was astonished to uncover a mosaic in an ancient Galilean village's synagogue which featured, of all things, a group of elephants.
Excavations at Huqoq began in 2011, and during the first season archaeologists led by Magness found the wall of a synagogue. In the subsequent seasons, Magness's team uncovered portions of the Galilean synagogue's mosaics. The part of the mosaic uncovered this summer, however, stunned archaeologists because it's the first time they've found a synagogue decorated with a non-biblical story scene.
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Magness, a professor of Early Judaism at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, spoke to The Times of Israel about her team's latest discovery this summer: an enormous, ornate section of the 5th-century synagogue's floor which tells a story in a mosaic. Which story, however, remains a subject of debate.