Steven Fine is director of the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies and is both chair of the Department of Jewish History and professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, where he focuses on the interrelationships between ancient Jewish literature, art and archaeology. He received his doctorate in Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Fine has produced a broad range of publications including academic monographs, museum catalogs, articles and even a book for children. His most recent publication is Art and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World: Toward a New Jewish Archaeology (Cambridge, 2005). He is also an editor of the new journal, IMAGES: A Journal for the Study of Jewish Art and Visual Culture.
Bible & Archaeology Fest XIII, November 19-21, 2010
What is that Greek Sun God Doing in a Synagogue? Reflections on a Late Antique Floor Mosaic
Large carpet mosaics with images of the zodiac have been discovered throughout Israel, including in Tiberias, Sepphoris and Beth Alpha. At the center of many of these mosaics is the image of the Greek sun god, Helios. The presence of Helios in synagogues has long been a point of discussion among historians, archaeologists and art historians. This presentation will explore what Helios is doing in a synagogue in the first place, and suggest some tentative answers. Could this be the image of God?
Selected Articles by Steven Fine:
The Temple Menorah—Where Is It?
BAR 31:04, Jul/Aug 2005
Why Bone Boxes?
BAR 27:05, Sept/Oct 2001
BR 16:05, October 2000