Collections of the Israel Dept. of Antiquities and Museums/Y. Lehman

A name from the Mishnah, the codification of Jewish law compiled about 200 A.D., appears on this lintel found in Dabura. The inscription speaks of “the school of Rabbi Eliezer ha-Qappar,” a famous rabbi frequently cited in the Mishnah, but fails to indicate whether the rabbi himself taught in the Golan or had a school there named in his honor. A wreath of snakes, tied in a Heraclean knot, and two short-toed eagles eating the snakes decorate the lintel.