Sepphoris (“Tzippori” in Hebrew) is an archaeological site in the Wester lower Galilee, some 10 km NW of Nazareth . In Early Roman times it was developed as a reagional center by Herod Antipas.
The city did not participate in the Big Jewish Rebellion, and later became an important Jewish Rabbincal center. It was the house of the Sanhedrin , and in Sepphoris R Judah “the Prince” codified the Mishnah .
The city continues to thrive in Byzantine times. Archaeological excavations uncovered a greed of street and about 50 mosaics floors from this period, including of Synagogues.
Jesus also knew of Sepphoris, and medieval tradition maintains that Sepphoris was the hometown of the parents of Mary, mother of Jesus.
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