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Archaeology in Israel:
Khirbet Sufa

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A carved marble chancel screen from the late Byzantine period (50 cm wide, 60 cm remaining of its original height,4-5 cms thick), with a stylized fleur-de-lis surrounded by a hexagram, inside a wreath, with extending stripes. The wreath, a common motif in church and synagogue chancel screens from the Byzantine period, usually serves as a frame for religious symbols, such as crosses and seven-branched candelabra. The hexagram was a common decoration in the Byzantine era. The six-pointed Magen David (Star of David) did not appear as a Jewish symbol until the Middle Ages, much later than the date of this screen.

Sources: Israeli Foreign Ministry

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