Monday, September 14, 2009


The remains of a 2,000-year-old synagogue where Jesus may have preached were found on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The synagogue, one of the oldest ever found, was unearthed at Migdal, which is believed to be the birthplace of Mary Magdalene.

Archaeologists were particularly excited by the discovery of an imprint depicting the menorah, a seven-branched candelabra, from the Jewish Temple destroyed in 70 AD during the Roman siege of Jerusalem. The imprint was one of only four such reproductions known to exist.

The synagogue was built sometime between 50 BC and 100 AD is one of only seven known to date back to the Second Temple period.

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