Monday, February 6, 2017

Ancient Synagogues of Israel: Migdal

Unearthing History

Migdal Synagogue: The Israel Antiquities Authority writes in September 2013 about the discovery of one of the oldest known synagogues in Israel, which was unearthed in Migdal (מִגְדָּל‎; also called Magdala), located on the western shore of Lake Kinneret (יָם כִּנֶּרֶת‎; also called the Sea of Galilee), the lowest freshwater lake in the world; the site is about 7 km north of Tiberias: “A synagogue from the Second Temple period (50 BCE–100 CE) was exposed in archaeological excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority is conducting at a site slated for the construction of a hotel on Migdal beach, in an area owned by the Ark New Gate Company. In the middle of the synagogue is a stone that is engraved with a seven-branched menorah (candelabrum), the likes of which have never been seen. The excavations were directed by archaeologists Dina Avshalom-Gorni and Arfan Najar of the Israel Antiquities Authority.” Among other important findings are a mikveh (מִקְוֶה; ritual immersion bath) and walls decorated with brightly colored frescoes.
Photo Credit: Avram Graicer, 2013
Source: Wikipedia

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