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Ancient synagogue discovered in Galilee excavations

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By Elisa Moed, Founder and CEO of www.Travelujah.com
ASSIST News Service

HUQOQ, ISRAEL – A monumental synagogue building dating to the Late Roman period (circa fourth and fifth centuries C.E.) has been discovered in archaeological excavations at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee.

The excavations are being conducted by Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and David Amit and Shua Kisilevitz of the Israel Antiquities Authority, under the sponsorship of UNC, Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., and the University of Toronto in Canada.

Students and staff from UNC and the consortium schools are participating in the dig.

Huqoq is an ancient Jewish village located approximately two to three miles west of Capernaum and Migdal (Magdala). This second season of excavations has revealed portions of a stunning mosaic floor decorating the interior of the synagogue building. The mosaic, which is made of tiny colored stone cubes of the highest quality, includes a scene depicting Samson placing torches between the tails of foxes (as related in the book of Judges, chapter 15).

In another part of the mosaic, two human (apparently female) faces flank a circular medallion with a Hebrew inscription that refers to rewards for those who perform good deeds.

“This discovery is significant because only a small number of ancient (Late Roman) synagogue buildings are decorated with mosaics showing biblical scenes, and only two others have scenes with Samson (one is at another site just a couple of miles from Huqoq),” said Magness, the Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religious Studies in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.

“Our mosaics are also important because of their high artistic quality and the tiny size of the mosaic cubes. This, together with the monumental size of the stones used to construct the synagogue’s walls, suggest a high level of prosperity in this village, as the building clearly was very costly.”

Excavations are scheduled to continue in the summer 2013.

 

Wiley’s Christie hits game-winning buzzer beater in OT

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By Habtom Keleta
Special to Inside The Pew

Wiley’s Vanderis Christie has become a household name amongst the Wiley family. On Saturday he hit the game-winning free throw with .04 seconds remaining in the game to lift Wiley past Langston, and on Feb. 6 Christie hit a game winning jumper as time expired in overtime to lift the Wildcats over the Warriors of Bacone College. Christie plays with a big heart, but he is only a sophomore who was born and raised in Houston.

“We recruited him out of TSU, and he is learning how to play within the system,” said Wildcats head coach Andre S. Payne. “We played horrible in the first half but at halftime we told our guys to feed Kenny the ball because he will get us going.”

Junior post player Kenny LaGuerre finished the first half with two points and one rebound. However, in the second half the Wildcats responded to Coach Payne by feeding it to their 6 foot 9 inch tree down low. LaGuerre finished the game with 19 points, 15 boards, three blocks and two steals.

“It was ugly, but I’ll take the ‘W’ any way we can get it,” said Payne. The Wildcats have now won two games in the final second in the last three days, and have adopted the new nickname “cardiac cats.”

Sophomore Michael Evans had a strong game at the guard position as he finished it 15 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals.

Bacone’s La’Charleston Tumblin played brilliant throughout the game as he ended with 27 points and 10 rebounds, but he fouled out in overtime. Senior James Scott, who can leap with the best of them, also dominated the paint for Bacone as he finished with 21 points, six rebounds and four steals.

After losing their first home game of the season, the Lady Wildcats bounced back with a big conference victory against the Lady Warriors of Bacone College by the score of 74-58. Junior post player Chinwendu Mbah dominated all sides of the court for Wiley as she finished with 27 points, 16 boards, four blocks, three assists and two steals.

“Chin did an excellent job tonight, and she was only player who was truly focused,” said Lady Wildcats head coach Courtney G. Pruitt. “At halftime, we needed to regain our focus and energy because we are a high energy team and we didn’t show it at all in the first half.”

Monday scoreboard:

Men

Texas Wesleyan 86, University of St. Thomas 83

Our Lady of The Lake University 106, Huston-Tillotson 84

Women

Texas Wesleyan 55, St. Thomas 44

Our Lady of The Lake University 105, Huston-Tillotson 69

 

Texas Wesleyan’s Frederick conference player of the week

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By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew

Four times the charm for Texas Wesleyan University’s Eric Frederick.

The senior forward from Oklahoma City, Okla., was named player of the week for the fourth time this season by the Red River Athletic Conference on Monday, Feb. 6. He received the award for the period of Jan. 30 to Feb. 5.

Frederick, the nation’s second-leading scorer, had to double-double games for the 14th-ranked Rams (17-4, 12-3) last week. He scored

Eric Frederick

29 points against both Wiley College and Jarvis Christian College (8-14, 7-10), nabbed 10 rebounds against the Wildcats and 12 in the Rams’ victory over Jarvis Christian College 86-80, on Feb. 4 in Hawkins. For the week, he shot 48.8 percent from the field (21-of-43).

The Lady Rams were also victorious over Jarvis Christian College, 53-50, on Feb. 4. Octavia Mullins led the way for Texas Wesleyan, posting her 13th double-double game of the season with 11 points and 16 rebounds. Ivory Russell led the Lady Bulldogs with 19 points and 11 boards, followed by Marsharae Brown with 13 points and nine rebounds.

OLLU men, women dominate St. Thomas in hoops

Our Lady of the Lake University men’s and women’s basketball teams scored wins over St. Thomas on Feb. 4 in San Antonio. The Lady Saints (12-4, 17-5) cruised by the Lady Celts (4-152, 6-15), 97-49. Arlene Cisneros lead OLLU’s charge with 15 points, followed by Jasmine Fuller, Nashae Owens, and Jennifer Davison, and Ali Bills with 11 points each. Alisha Crump finished with 10 points and 11 boards for OLLU. St. Thomas’ Brooklyn McCall finished with seven points. OLLU men slipped past St. Thomas, 77-74. Robert Martinez scored 17 points, followed by Marco Cooper with 12. The Saints improved to 18-4, 15-1, while the Celts fell to 11-4, 14-8.

Cooper leads OLLU past Wiley College

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By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew

Our Lady of the Lake men’s basketball team forced 27 turnovers en route to its 15 consecutive victory, as the Saints edged Wiley in Marshall, 96-88, on Jan. 28.

Marco Cooper scored 23 points for the surging Saints (14-0, 17-3). AJ Govan and Mike Brown added 12 points. Josh Orta added 7 assists and four steals.

The Saints, ranked seventh in the NAIA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 poll, are three games ahead of second place LSU-Shreveport (11-3, 13-6) and three-and-a-half games ahead of Texas Wesleyan University (10-3, 15-4).

Freddie Haynes led the Wildcats (7-6, 11-7) in scoring with 21 points, followed by Michael Evans and Richard Simon, who both finished the game with 13.

OLL will next head to Shreveport to face LSU-Shreveport on Jan. 30. Tip-off against the Pilots is slated for 7:30 p.m.

In women’s hoops action, the Lady Wildcats silenced the Lady Saints, 74-73. Shakendra Moore led Wiley’s charge with 20 points, followed by Alieshia Carruthers with 12. Carruthers, Latika Smith, and Kyniddia Purdy each net five assists. Smith led Wiley in steals with five.

High scorers for OLLU were Jasmine Fuller with 20 points, Chelsea Kellogg and Nashae Owens each scored 12 points, while Kellogg added four steals and Owens added four assists.