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Sunday, February 17 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Who Invited Helios, the Sun God, and the Zodiac to Shul?

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Last century, a number of ancient synagogues  that displayed colorful mosaics of the zodiac wheel and the pagan god Helios were discovered in the Land of Israel. Ever since then, scholars have struggled to reconcile these finds with the conventional belief that Jews weren't supposed to create representational art and certainly not pagan art. We will examine the synagogue art and the diverse competing explanations from the last 60 years.

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Seth Cohen

Seth Cohen grew up in Cambridge, MA as a fifth-generation American Jew. Seth studies all things Jewish, but his primary interest lies in Biblical and Rabbinic text, specifically the development of Halacha and intellectual history. He has made presentations at Limmud for the past few... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm EST
Room 6 (5th Floor)