49 Sepphoris zodiac

This Zodiac diagram was found in the Sepphoris Synagogue mosaic pavement.

Ehud Netzer and Ze’ev Weiss discovered it in 1993.

The focus on the Zodiac, suggests that it was borrowed from the general context, but that its popularity in synagogues was related to the deep engagement of late antique Jews with the heavens, especially as given expression in a wide variety of ways in Palestinian Jewish literature of late antiquity.