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Prof. Zeev Weiss

List of Publications:


I.   Ph.D. Dissertation

  1. Games and Spectacles in Roman Palestine and Their Reflection in Talmudic Literature (supervised by Profs. L. I. Levine and G. Foerster), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1995 (Hebrew).

II.  Books

  1. R. Talgam and Z. Weiss, The Mosaics in the House of Dionysos at Sepphoris: Excavated by E. M. Meyers, E. Netzer and C. L. Meyers, Qedem 44 (Jerusalem: Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University, 2004), 170 pages + 16 color plates.

  2. Z. Weiss, The Sepphoris Synagogue: Deciphering an Ancient Message: in Its Archaeological and Socio-Historical Contexts (Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 2005), 360 pages + 211 illustrations.

  3. Z. Weiss, Public Spectacles in Roman and Late Antique Palestine (Cambridge MA, Harvard University Press, 2014).

III.  Books Edited

  1. R. M. Nagy, C. L. Meyers, E. M. Meyers, and Z. Weiss (eds.), Sepphoris in Galilee: Crosscurrents of Culture (Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of Art, 1996), 240 pp.

  2. L. I. Levine and Z. Weiss (eds.), From Dura to Sepphoris: Studies in Jewish Art and Society in Late Antiquity, Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supp. 40 (Portsmouth, RI: Journal of Roman Archaeology, 2000), 238 pp.

  3. Z. Weiss, O. Irshai, J. Magness, and S. Schwartz (eds.), "Follow the Wise" (B Sanhedrin 32b): Studies in Jewish History and Culture in Honor of Lee I. Levine, (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2010).

  4. D. Schwartz and Z. Weiss (eds.), Was 70 CE a Watershed in Jewish History? On Jews and Judaism before and after the Destruction of the Second Temple, (AJEC; Leiden: Brill, 2012).

IV. Chapters in Collections

  1. Z. Weiss, "Buildings for Entertainment," in D. Sperber, The City in Roman Palestine (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 77-91, 94-102.

  2. Z. Weiss, "Social Aspects of Burial in Beth She'arim: Archaeological Finds and Talmudic Sources," in The Galilee in Late Antiquity, ed. L. I. Levine (New York and Jerusalem: Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1992), 357-371.

  3. Z. Weiss, "The Location of Jewish Cemeteries in Galilee in the Mishnaic and Talmudic Periods," in Graves and Burial Practices in Israel in the Ancient Period, ed. I. Singer (Jerusalem: Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, 1994), 230-240 (Hebrew).

  1. a. Z. Weiss, "Sepphoris during the Roman and Byzantine Periods in Light of Archaeological Finds," in Proceedings of the Eleventh World Congress of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem: World Congress of Jewish Studies, 1994), div. 2, vol. 1, 47-53 (Hebrew).
  1. b. Z. Weiss and E. Netzer, "Architectural Development of Sepphoris during the Roman and Byzantine Periods," in Archaeology and the Galilee: Texts and Contexts in the Greco-Roman and Byzantine Periods, ed. D. R. Edwards and C. T. McCollough (Atlanta: Scholars, 1997), 117-130.
  1. Z. Weiss, "The Jews and the Games in Roman Caesarea," in Caesarea Maritima - A Retrospective after Two Millennia, ed. A. Raban and K. G. Holum (Leiden: Brill, 1996), 443-453.

  2. Z. Weiss, "Greco-Roman Influences on the Art and Architecture of the Jewish City in Roman Palestine," in Religious and Ethnic Communities in Later Roman Palestine, ed. H. Lapin (Potomac: University Press of Maryland, 1998), 219-246.

  3. Z. Weiss and E. Netzer, "The Sepphoris Synagogue: A New Look at Synagogue Art and Architecture in the Byzantine Period," Galilee through the Centuries: Confluence of Cultures, ed. E. M. Meyers (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1999), 199-226.

  4. Z. Weiss, "Biblical Stories in Early Jewish Art: Jewish-Christian Polemic or Intracommunal Dialogue," in Continuity and Change: Jews and Judaism in Byzantine-Christian Palestine, ed. L. I. Levine (Jerusalem: Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, 2004), 245-270.

  5. Z. Weiss, "Games and Spectacles in Ancient Gaza: Performances for the Masses Held in Buildings Now Lost," in Christian Gaza in Late Antiquity, ed. B. Bitton-Ashkelony and A. Kofsky (Leiden: Brill, 2004), 22-39.

  6. Z. Weiss, "Private Architecture in the Public Sphere: Urban Dwellings in Roman and Byzantine Sepphoris," in From Antioch to Alexandria: Recent Studies in Domestic Architecture, ed. K. Galor and T. Waliszewski (Warsaw: University of Warsaw 2007), 125-136.

  1. a. Z. Weiss, "The Zodiac in Ancient Synagogue Art: Cyclical Order and Divine Power," in La mosaïque gréco-romaine, IX, ed. H. Morlier (Rome: École française de Rome, 2005), 1119-1130.
  1. b. Z. Weiss, "The Zodiac in Ancient Synagogue Art: Cyclical Order and Divine Power," Michmanim 20 (2007), 67-78 (Hebrew).
  1. Z. Weiss, "The Tabernacle, Temple, and Sacrificial Service in Ancient Synagogue Art and in Light of the Judeo-Christian Controversy," in Image and Sound: Art, Music and History, ed. R. I. Cohen (Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2007, 65-85 (Hebrew).

  1. a. Z. Weiss, "Set the Shewbread on the Table Before Me Always" (Exodus 25:30): Artistic Representations of the Shewbread Table in Early Jewish and Christian Art Table," in The Archaeology of Difference: Gender, Ethnicity and the "Other" in Antiquity: Studies in Honor of Eric M. Meyers, ed. D. R. Edwards and C. T. McCollough (Boston: American Schools of Oriental Research, 2007), 381-390.
  1. b. Z. Weiss, "Set the Shewbread on the Table Before Me Always" (Exodus 25:30): Artistic Representations of the Shewbread Table in Early Jewish and Christian Art Table," in Timorah, ed. B. Yaniv (Ramat Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press, 2006), 23-30 (Hebrew).
  1. Z. Weiss, "Jewish Galilee in the First Century C.E.: An Archaeological View," in D. Schwartz, Flavius Josephus, Vita: Introduction, Hebrew Translation, and Commentary (Jerusalem: Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, 2007), 15-60 (Hebrew).

  2. Z. Weiss, "Sculptures and Sculptural Images in the Urban Galilean Context," in The Sculptural Environment of the Roman Near-East: Reflection on Culture, Ideology, and Power, ed. Y. Z. Eliav et al. (Leuven: Peeters, 2008), 559-574.

  3. Z. Weiss, "Sepphoris on the Eve of the Revolt against the Romans in Light of Josephus' Writings and the Archaeological Finds," in The Great Revolt in the Galilee, ed. O. Guri-Rimon (Haifa: Hecht Museum, Haifa University, 2008), 21-26 (Hebrew).

  4. Z. Weiss, "The Mosaics of the Nile Festival Building at Sepphoris and the Legacy of the Antiochene Tradition," in Between Judaism and Christianity: Pictorials Playing on Mutual Grounds, ed. K. Kogman-Appel and M. Meyer, (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 9-23.

  5. Z. Weiss, "Mosaic Art in Fifth-Century CE Sepphoris: Iconography, Style, and the Possible Identification of a Local Workshop," in Man Near a Roman Arch: Studies Presented to Prof. Yoram Tsafrir, ed. L. Di Segni et al. (Jerusalem, Israel Exploration Society, 2009), 88-99 (Hebrew).

  6. Z. Weiss, "Between Rome and Byzantium: Pagan Motifs in Synagogue Art and Their Place in the Judaeo-Christian Controversy," in Jewish Identities in Antiquity: Studies in Memory of Menahem Stern, ed. L. I. Levine and D. R. Schwartz (Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2009), 367-390.

  7. Z. Weiss, "Stratum II at Hammath Tiberias: Reconstructing Its Access, Internal Space, and Architecture," in A Wandering Galilean: Essays in Honour of Sean Freyne, ed. Z. Rodgers et al.. (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 321-342.

  8. Z. Weiss, "Artistic Trends and Contact between Communities in Sepphoris of Late Antiquity: Recent Research," in Religious Diversity in Late Antiquity, Late Antique Archaeology 6, ed. D. M. Gwynn and S. Bangert, (Leiden: Brill, 2010), 167-188.

  9. Z. Weiss, "Theaters, Hippodromes, and Amphitheaters in Ancient Palestine," in Oxford Handbook of Jewish Daily Life in Roman Palestine, ed. C. Hezser (Oxford: Oxford University Press, Oxford 2010), 623-640.

  10. Z. Weiss, "Mosaic Art in Ancient Sepphoris: Between East and West," in La mosaique greco-romaine, XI, ed. M. Sahin (Bursa: accepted for publication).

  11. Z. Weiss, "Living in Comfort: The Houses of the Wealthy in Roman Galilee," in Roman Villas in the Mediterranean Basin, ed. G. P.R. Métraux and A. Marzano (Oxford: accepted for publication).

  12. Z. Weiss, "Is Rabbinic Literature a Valid Tool for Analyzing Archaeological Finds?" Studies in Honor of Prof. Daniel Sperber for his 70th Birthday, ed. A. Ferziger and D. Sperber (Bar Ilan University: accepted for publication) (Hebrew).

  13. Z. Weiss, "Were Priests Communal Leaders in Late Antique Palestine?" in Was 70 C.E. a Watershed in Jewish History? ed. D. R. Schwartz and Z. Weiss, (AJEC; Leiden: Brill, 2012), 91-111.

V. Articles

  1. a. R. Talgam and Z. Weiss, "'The Dionysos Cycle' in the Sepphoris Mosaic," Qadmoniot 83-84 (1988), 93-99 (Hebrew).
  1. b. Z. Weiss and R. Talgam, "The Dionysiac Mosaic Floor from Sepphoris," VI Coloquio Internacional Sobre Mosaico Antiguo - Palencia Merida (Octubre 1990) (Palencia: Asociación Española del Mosaico, 1994), 231-237.
  1. Z. Weiss, "The Location of the Sheliah Tzibbur during Prayer," Cathedra 55 (1990), 8-21 (Hebrew).

  2. Z. Weiss, "Comments: 'Goes Down before the Ark'," Cathedra 64 (1992), 178-179 (Hebrew).

  3. Z. Weiss, "The Synagogue at Hammat Tiberias (Stratum II): A Suggestion for Reconstruction," Eretz Israel 23 (1992), 320-326 (Hebrew).

  4. Z. Weiss and E. Netzer, "Two Excavation Seasons at Sepphoris," Qadmoniot 95-96 (1992), 113-121 (Hebrew).

  5. E. Netzer and Z. Weiss, "Sepphoris (Zippori), 1991-1992," Israel Exploration Journal 43 (1993), 190-196.

  6. E. Netzer and Z. Weiss, "New Evidence for Late-Roman and Byzantine Sepphoris," in The Roman and Byzantine Near East: Some Recent Archaeological Research, ed. J. H. Humphrey, Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supp. 14 (Portsmouth, RI: Journal of Roman Archaeology, 1995), 162-176.

  7. Z. Weiss, "Roman Leisure Culture and Its Influence upon the Jewish Population in the Land of Israel," Qadmoniot 109 (1995), 2-19 (Hebrew).

  8. Z. Weiss, "Hellenistic Influences on Jewish Burial Customs in the Galilee during the Mishnaic and Talmudic Period," Eretz Israel 25 (1996), 356-364 (Hebrew).

  9. Z. Weiss and E. Netzer, "The Hebrew University Excavations at Sepphoris," Qadmoniot 113 (1997), 2-21 (Hebrew).

  10. Z. Weiss, "Adopting a Novelty: The Jews and the Roman Games in Palestine," The Roman and Byzantine Near East: Recent Archaeological Research, II, ed. J. H. Humphrey, Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supp. 31 (Portsmouth, RI: Journal of Roman Archaeology, 1999), 23-49.

  11. Z. Weiss, "The Sepphoris Synagogue Mosaic and the Role of Talmudic Literature in its Iconographical Study," in From Dura to Sepphoris: Studies in Jewish Art and Society in Late Antiquity, ed. L. I. Levine and Z. Weiss, Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supp. 40 (Portsmouth, RI: Journal of Roman Archaeology, 2000), 15-30.

  12. Z. Weiss, "Between Paganism and Judaism: Toward an Identification of the 'Dionysiac Building' Residents at Roman Sepphoris," Cathedra 99 (2001), 7-26 (Hebrew).

  1. a. Z. Weiss, "New Light on the Rehov Inscription: Identifying 'the Gate of Campon' at Bet Shean," Tarbiz 70 (2000), 35-50 (Hebrew).
  1. b. Z. Weiss, "New Light on the Rehov Inscription: Identifying 'The Gate of Campon' at Bet Shean," What Athens Has to Do with Jerusalem, ed. L. V. Rutgers (Leuven: Peeters, 2002), 211-233.
  1. Z. Weiss, "The Jews of Ancient Palestine and the Roman Games: Rabbinic Dicta vs. Communal Practice," Zion 66 (2001), 427-459 (Hebrew).

  2. Z. Weiss and R. Talgam, "The Nile Festival Building and Its Mosaics: Mythological Representations in Early Byzantine Sepphoris," in The Roman and Byzantine Near East, III, ed. J. H. Humphrey, Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supp. 49 (Portsmouth, RI: Journal of Roman Archaeology, 2002), 55-90.

  3. Z. Weiss, "The House of Orpheus: Another Late Roman Mansion in Sepphoris," Qadmoniot 126 (2003), 94-101 (Hebrew).

  1. a. Z. Weiss, "Josephus and Archaeology on the Cities of the Galilee," Cathedra 120 (2006), 11-32 (Hebrew).
  1. b. Z. Weiss, "Josephus and Archaeology on the Cities of the Galilee," in Making History: Josephus and Historical Method, ed. Z. Rodgers (Leiden: Brill, 2007), 387-414.
  1. Z. Weiss, "Reconstructing and Deconstructing Jewish Art: Between Rome and Byzantium," Ars Judaica 3 (2007), 7-19.

  2. Z. Weiss, "Buildings for Mass Entertainment in the Cities of the Decapolis" ARAM (accepted for publication).

  1. a. Z. Weiss, "Burial Practices in Beth She'arim and the Question of Dating the Patriarchal Necropolis," Zion (Hebrew), 70 (2010), 265-290.
  1. b. Z. Weiss, "Burial Practices in Beth She'arim and the Question of Dating the Patriarchal Necropolis," in "Follow the Wise" (B Sanhedrin 32b): Studies in Jewish History and Culture in Honor of Lee I. Levine, ed. Z. Weiss, O. Irshai, J. Magness, and S. Schwartz (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2010), 207-231.
  1. Z. Weiss, "From Roman temple to Byzantine church: a preliminary report on Sepphoris in transition," Journal of Roman Archaeology 23 (2010), 196-217.

  2. Z. Weiss, "Images and Figurative Images in the Urban Galilean Context: Defining Limits in Time of Shifting Borders," in The Image and Its Prohibition in Jewish Antiquity, ed. S. Pearce, Journal of Jewish Studies, Supp. 2 (Oxford, Journal of Jewish Studies, 2013), 130-144.

VI. Other Publications
Field Reports

  1. E. Netzer and Z. Weiss, "Byzantine Mosaics at Sepphoris: New Finds," Israel Museum Journal 10 (1992), 75-80.

  2. Z. Weiss and E. Netzer, "Zippori - 1992-1993," Excavations and Surveys in Israel 14 (1994), 40-46.

  3. Z. Weiss and E. Netzer, "Zippori - 1994-1995," Excavations and Surveys in Israel 18 (1998), 22-27.

  4. Z. Weiss, "Zippori - 1997," Hadashot Arkheologiyot 109 (1999), 23-24 (Hebrew).

  5. Z. Weiss, "Zippori - 1998," Hadashot Arkheologiyot 110 (1999), 24-27 (Hebrew).

  6. Z. Weiss, "Zippori - 1999," Hadashot Arkheologiyot 112 (2000), 25-27 (Hebrew).

  7. Z. Weiss, "Zippori - 2000," Hadashot Arkheologiyot 113 (2001), 29-31.

  8. Z. Weiss, "Zippori - 2001," Hadashot Arkheologiyot 114 (2002), 24-25 (Hebrew).

  9. Z. Weiss, "Zippori - 2002," Hadashot Arkheologiyot 115 (2003), 30-31 (Hebrew).

  10. Z. Weiss, "Sepphoris (Sippori), 2005," Israel Exploration Journal 55 (2005), 219-227.

  11. Z. Weiss, "Sepphoris (Sippori), 2006," Israel Exploration Journal 57 (2007), 96-106.

  12. Z. Weiss, "Sepphoris (Sippori) 2007," Israel Exploration Journal 57 (2007), 215-229.

  13. Z. Weiss, "Sepphoris (Sippori), 2008," Israel Exploration Journal 59 (2009), 101-112.

  14. Z. Weiss, "Sepphoris (Sippori), 2009," Israel Exploration Journal 60 (2010), 98-107.

Encyclopedic Entries

  1. a. Z. Weiss, "Sepphoris," The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, ed. E. Stern (Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 1993), IV, 1331-1336 (Hebrew).
  1. b. Z. Weiss, "Sepphoris," in The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, IV, ed. E. Stern (Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 1993), 1324-1328.
  1. R. Talgam and Z. Weiss, "Synagogue before c. AD 800," in The Dictionary of Art, XVII, ed. J. S. Turner (London: Macmillan, 1996), 540-543.

  2. Z. Weiss, "Sepphoris," in The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, V, ed. E. Stern (Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 2008), 2029-2035.

Bibliographical Entries

  1. Z. Weiss, "Bibliographie par pays, region ensemble geographique, Israel," Bulletin de L'association internationale pour l'étude de la mosaïque (AIEMA) 21 (2009), 373-377.

Book Reviews

  1. Z. Weiss, "Art and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World: Toward a New Jewish Archaeology, by S. Fine," Zion 73 (2008), 354-360 (Hebrew).

  2. Z. Weiss, "Leisure, Pleasure and Healing: Spa Culture and Medicine in Ancient Eastern Mediterranean, by E. Dvorjetski," Journal for the Study of Judaism 40 (2009), 382-384.

  3. Z. Weiss, "How do we study daily life in the Second Temple period? Stone and dung, oil and spit: Jewish daily life in the time of Jesus, by Jodi Magness Journal of Roman Archaeology 26 (2013), 871-876.

Uncategorized Articles

  1. Z. Weiss, "Ancient Synagogues at Tiberias and Hammat," in Tiberias - From Its Foundation to the Muslim Conquest (Idan 11), ed. Y. Hirschfeld (Jerusalem: Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, 1988), 34-48 (Hebrew).

  1. a. E. Netzer and Z. Weiss, "New Mosaic Art from Sepphoris," Biblical Archaeology Review 18 (1992), 36-43.
  1. b. E. Netzer and Z. Weiss, "Mona Lisa in Israele," Archeo 8 (1993), 40-49.
  1. Z. Weiss and E. Netzer, "Hellenistic and Roman Sepphoris, The Archaeological Evidence," in Sepphoris in Galilee: Crosscurrents of Culture, ed. R. M. Nagy et al. (Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of Art, 1996), 29-37.

  1. a. Z. Weiss and E. Netzer, "Archaeological Finds from the Byzantine Period at Sepphoris," Michmanim 8 (1995), 75-85 (Hebrew).
  1. b. Z. Weiss and E. Netzer, "Sepphoris during the Byzantine Period," in Sepphoris in Galilee: Crosscurrents of Culture, ed. R. M. Nagy et al. (Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of Art, 1996), 81-89.
  1. Z. Weiss and E. Netzer, "The Mosaics of the Nile Festival Building," in Sepphoris in Galilee: Crosscurrents of Culture, ed. R. M. Nagy et al. (Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of Art, 1996), 127-131.

  1. a. Z. Weiss and E. Netzer, "The Synagogue Mosaic," in Sepphoris in Galilee: Crosscurrents of Culture, ed. R. M. Nagy et al. (Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of Art, 1996), 133-139.
  1. b. Z. Weiss, "The Synagogue Mosaic from Sepphoris: A New Look at Synagogue Art during the Byzantine Period," Et-HaDa'at 2 (1998), 29-49 (Hebrew).
  1. Z. Weiss, "'Perched on the Top of a Mountain Like a Bird' Sepphoris Mosaic of Cultures: Between Hellenism and Judaism," in Reference Points: Touring with Hebrew Sources in Northern Israel, ed. H.and D. Amit (Jerusalem: Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, 2004), 88-109 (Hebrew).

  2. Z. Weiss, "'I Saw the City in Its Prosperity': On the City, Its Buildings, and Mosaics during the Roman and Byzantine Periods," 'Et-Mol, 199 (2008), 51-54.

  3. Z. Weiss, "Buildings for Mass Entertainment in Herod’s Kingdom," in Herod the Great: The King Final Journey, ed. S. Rozenberg and D. Mevorah (Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, 2013), 224-239.

Catalogues and Guidebooks

  1. E. Netzer and Z. Weiss, Zippori (Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 1994), 71 pp.

  2. Z. Weiss and E. Netzer, Promise and Redemption: A Synagogue Mosaic from Sepphoris (Jerusalem: Israel Museum, 1996), 49 pp.

  3. Z. Weiss, Sepphoris, Capital of the Galilee (Jerusalem Israel National Parks Authority, 2014).

VII. Lectures at Academic Conferences

  1. “Architecture and City Planning at Sepphoris,” American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), Boston, 1987.

  2. “Sepphoris during the Roman and Byzantine Periods in Light of the Archaeological Finds,” Eleventh World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 1993 (Hebrew).

  3. “The Sepphoris Excavations,” Twentieth Archaeological Conference in Israel, Jerusalem, 1994 (Hebrew).

  4. “Sepphoris in the Byzantine Period,” American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), Chicago, 1994.

  5. “Games and Spectacles in Roman Caesarea and the Relationship of Its Jewish Community Towards Them,” Caesarea Maritima – A Retrospective after Two Millennia, Caesarea, 1995.

  6. “The Jews and the Games,” Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, 1995.

  7. “Graeco-Roman Influences on the Architecture of the Jewish City in Roman Palestine,” Religious and Ethnic Communities in Later Roman Palestine: Exploring Cultures, Identity, and History in Ancient Society, Symposium Held at the University of Maryland, College Park, 1996.

  8. “The Remembrance of the Binding of Isaac Son of Abraham – The Promise for Redemption to Abraham’s Descendants in the Sepphoris Synagogue Mosaic,” Symposium Held in Honor of Prof. Bezalel Narkiss on His Seventieth Birthday, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1996.

  9. “Promise and Redemption: A Synagogue Mosaic from Sepphoris,” Second International Conference on Galilee in Antiquity, Duke University, North Carolina, 1997.

  10. “Domestic and Public Space in Roman and Byzantine Sepphoris,” Urbanization in Ancient Palestine, Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem, 1997.

  11. “Talmudic Literature as a Key Source for the Study of the Iconography of the Sepphoris Synagogue,” Twelfth World Congress for Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 1997 (Hebrew).

  12. “The Sepphoris Synagogue Mosaic: A New Look at Synagogue Art in the Byzantine Period,” Jewish Museum, New York, 1997.

  13. “Main Processes in the Development of Cities in Ancient Palestine from the Roman Period until the Early Arab Period – Sepphoris,” Twenty-Fourth Archaeological Conference in Israel, Jerusalem, 1998 (Hebrew).

  14. “The Showbread Table and Its Artistic Representations,” Sixth International Seminar on Jewish Art, Jerusalem, 1999.

  15. “Biblical Stories in Early Jewish Art: Jewish-Christian Polemic or Intracommunal Dialogue,” Jewish Cultural Life of Late Antiquity in Its Byzantine-Christian Context, Dinur Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1999 (Hebrew).

  16. “‘On Merriment, What Good is That?’ (Eccles. 2:2) The Jews of Ancient Palestine and the Roman Games,” Games and Festivals in Classical Antiquity, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2000.

  17. “The Mosaics of the Nile Festival Building at Sepphoris and the Legacy of the Antioch Tradition,” Antioch – The Lost Ancient City, Eighth Colloquium of the North American Branch of the International Association for the Study of Ancient Mosaics (AIEMA), Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts, 2000.

  18. “The Zodiac in Ancient Synagogue Art: Cyclical Order and Divine Power,” International Conference on Ancient Mosaics, held by L’association internationale pour l’?tude de la mosa?que (AIEMA), Rome, 2001.

  19. “Mosaics in Ancient Synagogues in Light of the Judeo-Christian Controversy,” Art and History, 27th Annual History Conference, Shazar Center for Jewish History, Jerusalem, 26–27 June, 2003 (Hebrew).

  20. “The House of Orpheus, a Domicile in the Civic Center of Roman Sepphoris,” American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), Atlanta, 2003.

  21. “Josephus and Archaeology on the Cities of the Galilee,” International Josephus Colloquium, Trinity College, Dublin, 5–8 September, 2004.

  22. “Sculptures and Sculptural Images in the Urban Galilean Context,” The Sculptural Environment of the Roman Near East: Reflections on Culture, Ideology, and Power, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 7–10 November, 2004.

  23. “Sepphoris in Late Antiquity: Recent Research,” The Religion of ‘the Rest’: Heresy, Apathy and Popular Piety, Oxford University, Oxford, 19–20 March, 2005.

  24. “Jewish Art, Between Rome and Byzantium,” Art and Mediterranean Culture, International Conference, University of Haifa, 15–17 May, 2005.

  25. “Mosaic Art in Early Fifth-Century CE Sepphoris: Iconography, Style, and the Possible Identification of a Local Workshop,” X International Colloquium, L’association internationale pour l’?tude de la mosa?que (AIEMA), Conimbriga, October 29 – November 4, 2005.

  26. “Biblical Iconography and Yearning for the Temple Cult in Ancient Synagogue Art,” in Iconography of Temple, Synagogue, and Cemetery in Late Antiquity, SBL Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 18–21 November, 2006.

  27. “The Jews of Late Antique Palestine and Roman Public Spectacles: Rabbinic Dicta vs. Communal Practice,” Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity VII, The Society of Late Antiquity, The University of Colorado at Boulder, 22–25 March, 2007.

  28. “Between Rome and Byzantium: Pagan Motifs in Synagogue Art and Their Place in the Judaeo-Christian Controversy,” Jewish Identities in Antiquity: Permutations and Transformations. International Conference in Memory of Professor Menahem Stern, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 25–27 June, 2007. (Hebrew).

  29. “Artistic Trends and Contact between Jews and “Others” in Late Antique Sepphoris: Recent Research” A Colloquium in Honor of Sean Freyne, Dublin, June 2007.

  30. “Buildings for Mass Entertainment in the Cities of the Decapolis,” ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, University of Oxford, 7–10 July, 2008.

  31. “Invention or Reality: Some Methodological Observations in the Analysis of Archaeological Finds in Light of Rabbinic Literature” A Century after Krauss’ Talmudische Arch?ologie: Rabbinic Literature and the Material Culture of Raman Palestine, Princeton 9–11 November, 2008.

  32. “The Houses of the Wealthy in Roman Sepphoris,” Roman Villas in the Mediterranean Basin, An International Conference at Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem, 16–17 December, 2008.

  33. “Were Priests Communal Leaders in Late Antique Palestine? The Archaeological Evidence,” Was 70 C.E. Really a Watershed? On Jews and Judaism before and after the Destruction of the Second Temple, Scholion, Interdisciplinary Research Center in Jewish Studies, The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 5–7 January, 2009.

  34. “Living in Comfort: The Houses of the Wealthy in Roman Galilee,” Greco-Roman Galilee, Kinneret College, 21–23 June, 2009.

  35. “Is Rabbinic Literature a Valid Tool for Analyzing Archaeological Finds?” The Fifteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 2–6 August, 2009 (Hebrew).

  36. “Mosaic Art in Ancient Sepphoris: Between East and West,” 11th International AIEMA Mosaic Symposium, Mosaics of Turkey and Parallel Developments in the Rest of the Ancient and Medieval World, Bursa, 16–20 October, 2009.

  37. “Sepphoris during the Byzantine Period,” Third Conference of the Israeli Association for Byzantine Studies in Memory of Zeev Rubin, Tel Aviv University, January 21, 2010 (Hebrew).

  38. “The Priests and their Role in Leading the Community in Ancient Palestine”: Material and Form: Rulers and Elite in Late Antique Palestine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 27, 2010 (Hebrew).

  39. “Images and Figurative Images in the Urban Galilean Context: Defining Limits in Time of Shifting Borders, Keynote lecture,” “The Image and the Prohibition of the Image in Judaism,” British Association of Jewish Studies, University of Southampton, 5–7 September, 2010.

  40. “The 363 CE Earthquake Revisited: The Evidence for Roman Sepphoris,” American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), Atlanta, November, 2011.

  41. “Buildings for Mass Entertainment: Tradition and Innovation in Herodian Construction,” Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), Philadelphia, January 2012.

  42. “The Sepphoris Synagogue: The 5th-Century Jewish Community As Seen through Its Art and Architecture,” Archaeology, Architecture and Liturgy: The Synagogue of Horvat Kur in the Context of Ancient Galilean Synagogues, Leiden, February 2012.

  43. “Socio-Cultural Identity in Urban Galilee: The Epigraphical and Archaeological Evidence from the Second–Fourth Centuries CE (SBL), Chicago, November 2012.

  44. “From Roman Temple to Byzantine Church - Shaping Religious Space in Ancient Sepphoris,” Potenza, Italy, September 2012.

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