Necropolis of Bet She’arim: A Landmark of Jewish Renewal
Consisting of a series of catacombs, the necropolis developed from the 2nd
century AD as the primary Jewish burial place outside Jerusalem
following the failure of the second Jewish revolt against Roman rule.
Located southeast of the city of Haifa, these catacombs are a treasury
of artworks and inscriptions in Greek, Aramaic, Hebrew and Palmyrene.
Bet She’arim bears unique testimony to ancient Judaism under the
leadership of Rabbi Judah the Patriarch, who is credited with Jewish
renewal after 135 AD.