Other Name: Magdala, Taricheae
Religion: Jewish

Archaeological Evidences:

Period: Early Roman
Excavation: Excavated
Excavators: Dina Avshalom-Gorni and Arfan Najjar (2009-2017)
Main Finds: Columns, benches, mosaic and stone with menorah.
Mosaics: Yes
Site Condition: Tourist site. Entrance Fee.
Aerial photo. Courtesy of Avraham Gracier. All rights reserved to Avraham Gracier

Geographic Details

Geographical Region: Lower Galilee
90, מגדל, ישראל

Selected Bibliography:

Selected Bibliography
  1. Cirafesi, W. V. "“Mystical Spirituality” in Second Temple Period Judaism? Light from the Decorated Stone in the Magdala Synagogue" Religions 13 (1218), 2022.
  2. Avshalom-Gorni, D. , Najar, A. and Talgam, R. "A Second Temple-Period Synagogue in the Northern Part of Magdala" in Ancient Synagogues Revealed: 1981-2022. ed. L. I. Levine, Z. Weiss, U. Leibner, Jerusalem, Israel Exploration Society, 2023: 78-88.
  3. Weiss, Z. "The “Magdala Stone Table”: Its Function and Role in Determining the Liturgical Furniture in the Ancient Synagogue" Journal of Roman Archaeology 34 (2), 2021: 608-631.
  4. Bauckham, R. "Further Thoughts on the Migdal Synagogue Stone" in Novum Testamentum. 57,2, 2015: 113 – 135.
  5. Fine, S. "From Synagogue Furnishing to Media Event: The Magdala Ashlar Ars Judaica" in The Bar Ilan Journal of Jewish Art. 13, 2017: 27-38.
  6. Hachlili, Rachel "The Migdal stone and its ornamentation" in Revue Biblique. 124,2, 2017: 245-272.
  7. Aviam, M. "The Decorated Stone from the Synagogue at Migdal; A Holistic interpretation and a Glimpse into the Life of Galilean Jews at the Time of Jesus" Novum Testamentum 55 2013: 205-220.
  8. Avshalom-Gorni, D. and Najar, A. "Magdala-preliminary report" Hadashot Arkheologiyot-Excavations and Surveys in Israel 125, 2013.
  9. Avshalom-Gorni, D. and Najjar, A. "The Stone Decorated with Reliefs from the Second Temple Period Synagogue at Migdal: First Impressions" Studies in Archaeology and Ancient Art; Third Conference: Past and Present - Old Theories and New Finds Jerusalem, 2010, (Hebrew).


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