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Jewish amulet against ‘evil eye’ offers insight into Talmudic Israel life

A necklace pendant dating back some 1,500 years has offered new insights into the daily life of Jews in the Land of Israel during the Byzantine period.

The artifact was discovered some 40 years ago in the village of Arbel in the Galilee by one of its first residents, the late Tova Haviv, and was recently handed over to the Antiquities Authority by a family member, the IAA announced on Wednesday.

Shaped like a triangle, the pendant on one side features the figure of a horse rider whose head is surrounded with a halo. The rider is depicted in the act of throwing a sphere at a female figure on the ground, surrounded by an inscription in Greek reading: “The One God who Conquers Evil.”

From an article in the Jerusalem Post

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