2nd Ancient Syn in 1 Village
By Micah Halpern
Archaeological excavations and salvage digs in Israel are the norm.
It was the second synagogue to be unearthed from the ancient town of Migdal.
But the ancient town of Migdal is not a typical town. It is the birthplace of Mary Magdalene from the Christian Bible, and Mary Magdalene was a major supporter of Jesus.
The village features prominently in the book of Josephus, described as a base of his operations when he served as head of the rebellion against Rome in 67 CE.
The first synagogue was unearthed in the market area. This second synagogue is in a residential area. The thinking is that the synagogues were used not simply for prayer, but also as social meeting areas.
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