Byzantine-era synagogue sheds light on Jewish life

Jewish scholars are having to rethink opinions about life and culture in early Byzantine times after the discovery of a 5th century synagogue, complete with elaborate mosaic floors.

Conventional wisdom believed that most elaborate Jewish structures were built during Roman times, rather than the later Byzantine era, but the discovery of the synagogue at Khirbet Wadi Hamam, on Mount Nitai in the Lower Galilee, has brought this belief into question.