Friday, November 27, 2015

Quotation from Isaiah found in ancient mosaic in Turkey

EXCAVATION: Mosaic with Bible inscription found in Adana (Daily Sabah).
A 120-square-meter mosaic with a quotation from the Bible in Greek has been recently found in Turkey's Adana province. It reads, ‘The wolf and the lamb will feed together, the lion will eat straw like the ox and dust will be the serpent's food. They will neither harm nor destroy on my holy mountain, says the Lord'

A new mosaic inscribed with quotes from the Bible has been discovered in the southern city of Adana during excavations jointly undertaken by the Culture and Tourism Ministry's Cultural Heritage Department and the Provincial Directorate of Museums. The 120-square-meter mosaic was found on private property located in the Karlık neighborhood of Adana's Sarıçam district. According to archaeologists, the Eastern Roman-era mosaic dates back to between the fifth and sixth centuries A.D.

As the article notes, the quotation is from Isaiah 65:25. There is no indication of what the building that housed the mosaic was used for or what its cultural context was.