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The Lod Mosaic—Jewish, Christian or Pagan?


Megan Sauter
1-800-221-4644 ext. 242


WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 19, 2016)—In 1996, stunning Roman floor mosaics belonging to what was a luxurious house or manor dating to 300 C.E. were uncovered in Lod, Israel, during highway construction. Never before had the artistic quality and fine state of preservation of the “Lod Mosaic”
been seen in Israel. Since its discovery and conservation, the Lod Mosaic has toured the world—from the Metropolitan Museum in New York to the Louvre in Paris.

Who created such a work of lasting beauty? What was their springboard of inspiration? All this is explored in the article “The Lod Mosaic—Jewish, Christian or Pagan?” in the May/June 2016 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review.

Among the subjects that decorate the exquisite Roman floor mosaics are lions, birds, fish and ships—but no human figures. Of particular interest is a panel depicting a marine scene: Two merchant ships are amidst various fish, a whale, a dolphin and other sea creatures, yet the ships have no captains or mariners. As explored in the May/June 2016 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, the lack of human figures in the
Lod Mosaic may reveal the identity of who made these exceptionally beautiful mosaics.