Ancient Synagogue Discovered in Galilean Village

Ancient Synagogue Discovered in Galilean Village

An ancient synagogue discovered last week on Tel Recheš Peak, in the eastern lower Galilee, dates to the Second Temple era. According to Dr. Motti Aviam, an archaeologist who has been conducting digs at the sight for the past 6 years, it’s the first synagogue of its kind in the Galilean villages.

Prior to this discovery, researchers were able to surmise from the absence of pig bones that the Roman era estate at Tel Rekhesh belonged to a Jewish community. Also notable was the discovery of stone utensils, which according to Jewish law cannot become impure, unlike those made of wood or metal. It is believed the estate was likely abandoned because of the second revolt against Rome.

Scholars believe Tel Rekhesh may be the ruins of the biblical city of Anaharath. Joshua 19:19 The site is located about 7 miles southwest of the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee.


Ancient Synagogue Discovered

Ancient Israel – location of Anaharath circled


Although Anaharath is not mentioned in the New Testament we know from scripture that “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” Matthew 4:23

It’s very possible Jesus ministered at this ancient synagogue discovered at Tel Rekhesh.

Read the full Ynet News article.



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