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Excavation Team in Israel Uncovers First Known Depiction of 2 Old Testament Heroines

ChristianHeadlines.com reports: “An excavation team in Israel has uncovered the first known depiction of two Old Testament heroines.

According to The Christian Post, Jodi Magness, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor, led the excavation team in the Lower Galilee region, where the team of specialists and students found nearly 1,600-year-old mosaics in an ancient Jewish synagogue at Huqoq.

The Huqoq Excavation Project is in its 10th year, and this year’s efforts have focused on the southwest part of the synagogue, which experts believe was built in the late fourth or fifth-century C.E.

Magness and assistant director Dennis Mizzi of the University of Malta found a large mosaic panel that depicted the events of Judges Chapter four, where prophetess and judge Deborah and military commander Barak lead the Israelites in a victory over the Canaanites.

According to the story, Canaanite General Sisera fled to the tent of a Kenite woman. The woman, Jael, ended up killing Sisera while he slept.

The panels show Barak with a shield and Deborah looking over at him from under a palm tree. Another part shows Sisera bleeding on the ground…”

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