Visiting Magdala

Magdala is an ancient fishing community situated at the base of Mount Arbel, on the Sea of Galilee.  It is situated close to Capernium and the Mount of Beautitudes.  This is the site of the oldest synagogue excavated in Galilee and a place where Yeshua surely taught and healed the multitudes, including Mary Magdalene (Mary of Magdala) who made her hometown famous.  The Magdala stone was discovered inside the First Century Syngague.  The design appears to be a three-dimensional representation of the Second Temple of Jerusalem and includes the world’s oldest carved menorah.  To see a short youtube presentation on Magdala from Archaeology News Network at https://youtu.be/fsjJW-EBb8g

 

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The young boy with the fishes and loaves may have brought his fish from Magdala on his way to listen to the Sermon on the Mount.

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Geographical location on Sea of Galilee

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Uncovered steps

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Steps to mikvah

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Waterways bringing fresh water into mikvah

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Still digging

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A view of market place

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Looking across the town to the synagogue

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Then….

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and Now…notice the rosetta design…the logo for Magdala.

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Another view of synagogue

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A group on tour from California

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Mosaic still in pretty good shape

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Jeff checking out the synagogue

Magdala Stone

One side of the Magdala stone.  The tour guide said they would have put the Torah on this stone to read from it.  “The intricate design appears to be a three-dimensional representation of the Second Temple of Jerusalem”. 

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Another view of the stone.  Notice the Menorah which is the world’s oldest carved menorah.   The Rosetta design on the top is the basis for Magdala’s logo and can be seen in the mosaic design in the synagogue.

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Sue leaning on the remaining synagogue wall

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A great view…

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Small rooms, amazing concept of urban living

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Mosaic in the church on site

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She made the town famous

 

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