I 1. דכיר לטב פינחס כהנה בר יוסטה דיהב 2. טימי פסיפסה 3. מן דידה ומרושת>ה< II. 1. דכירה לטב 2.רבקה אתתה >ד The rectangular menorah panel is located in the narthex, north of the central entrance of the nave. A nine-branched menorah is depicted in the centre of the panel with a base shaped like three hills. The shaft is decorated with a guilloche band and its upper part flanked by stepped poised squares. The branches are composed of plain strips. The shaft and branches are connected to a bar, above which ten flames (knobs?) are set. Above the menorah, as well as on its sides, two Aramaic inscriptions are located. Both were interpreted and translated by Joseph Naveh. The top one reads as follows: "May be remembered for good the priest Pinhas the son of Justus who gave the price of the mosaic from his own (expense)". The lower one reads as follows: "May be Rebeka the wife of Pinhas remambered for good". The background is composed of stepped poised squares, stepped rhombuses, sprigs and four-petalled flowers. The panel is framed at top and bottom by two parallel lines and on the sides by a row of equilateral triangles with a poised tessera on the apex (crowsteps). Above the panel is a poised square crowned by eight sprigs.
Na'aran Synagogue | Unknown
6th Century CE
Synagogue active dates
Documentation / Research project
The density of tesserae per 10cm2 in the background is 6x7.
The upper part of the central shaft is slightly damaged. The whole panel was destroyed in the process of reconstruction by the Ecole Biblique expedition.
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Languages of inscription
Type of grave
Number of Lines
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Summary and Remarks
The menorah panel cannot be found. The description is based on a drawing that was made by one of the survey groups.
Main Surveys & Excavations
Avi-Yonah, Encyclopedia, 1977, vol.ii, p. 892-894. Naveh, On Stone, 1978, p.93-102. Vincent, "La Synagogue de Na'aran" RB 68, 1961, 161-177.
| R.I. & N.S. & D.D. 3.1994