Descoperire unică în Israel. Sinagoga unde a predicat Isus -Synagogue where Jesus likely preached uncovered in Israel – December, 2014

sinagoga din Magdala unde a predicat Isus

Sinagoga din Magdala unde a predicat Isus Photo credit http://www.israeltoday.co.il

Arheologii au făcut o nouă descoperire pe coasta Mării Galileei, în Israel. Arheologii care au descoperit o sinagogă pe coasta Mării Galileei, în Israel, cred că acesta a fost de fapt locul unde Isus a predicat, aşa cum scrie şi în Biblie.

Ruinele sinagogii au peste 2.000 de ani şi se află în oraşul Migdal din nordul Israelului. Localitatea se află chiar deasupra anticului Magdala, locul unde tradiţia creştină spune că s-a născut Maria Magdalena, una dintre cele mai devotate discipole ale lui Iisus.

Situl arheologic se află în proprietatea unei organizaţii catolice, Legiunile lui Cristos, care susţine că în acest loc a predicat Iisus adepţilor săi.

Părintele Eamon Kelly spune că Iisus şi-a petrecut cea mai parte a vieţii sale aici, în nordul Israelului, deşi Biblia vorbeşte mai mult despre evenimentele din Ierusalim şi Betleem. Aici, Iisus a predicat celor veniţi să-l asculte şi tot aici a cunoscut-o probabil pe Maria Magdalena.

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Călătoria lui Iisus în oraşul Magdala este menţionată în Evanghelia după Matei. Localitatea era situată de drumul urmat de negustorii care făceau comerţ între Siria şi Egipt.

Lângă situl arheologic organizaţia catolică va construi un centru pentru vizitatori, un hotel, o capelă şi un restaurant.

Sinagoga datează din perioada celui de Al Doilea Templu şi în lume mai sunt doar 6 sinagogi păstrate din această epocă.

Primele ruine au fost excavate în anul 2009, fiind descoperite întâmplător, în timpul lucrărilor la un şantier pentru construirea hotelului.

Şefa echipei de arheologi, Dina Avshalom-Gorni, spune că descoperirea este „unică şi extrem de importantă”

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Synagogue where Jesus likely preached uncovered in IsraelDecember, 2014

By Ofira Koopmans Dec. 22, 2014
When the Legions of Christ bought a piece of land on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, little did it know what it would find.
DPA – Some would call it luck, others coincidence. Father Eamon Kelly calls it „providence.”

When his Catholic organization, the Legions of Christ, bought a piece of land on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, little did it know what it would find.

When people think of Jesus, they usually think of Bethlehem or Jerusalem, Kelly points out. But Jesus spent almost his entire life and ministry in what is now northern Israel.

„Eighty percent of Jesus’ public life was here,” says the Irish-born priest, gesturing at the Galilee region.

He stands on what are likely ruins of the ancient town of Magdala, thought to be the home of Jesus’ best-known female disciple, Mary Magdalene. The waterline of Israel’s only sweet-water lake shimmers in the distance.

It took his organization several years to buy and acquire permits for four adjacent plots of land on which to build a pilgrims’ hotel, an inter-faith chapel, a restaurant and a women’s shelter.

But in Israel, archaeological excavations are compulsory before any construction can begin.

When archeologists and volunteers started digging, they were astonished to find a treasure: A 1st-century synagogue, one of only seven in Israel – and in the entire world.

Experts say it’s highly likely that Jesus would have preached in the recently uncovered synagogue, believed to have first been built in the year 1 as a simple structure which was then upgraded into a more ornate one in the year 40.

Until Tiberias was built, the only town on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee was Magdala.

Anyone touring the region, as Jesus did according to the New Testament, teaching and preaching in synagogues all through Galilee, would not have skipped Magdala, located on the Via Maris – the ancient trade route that ran along the Mediterranean and the western shore of the Sea of Galilee all the way from Egypt to Syria.

Matthew 15:39 also mentions Jesus setting foot there, saying „and he took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala (sometimes also translated from the Greek as Magadan).”

In the times of Jesus, people would gather in local synagogues to meet and assemble, not just for prayer.

According to archaeologists, the Magdala synagogue was destroyed in 67 or 68 CE by Romans in their first war with Jews. Until the Magdala Stone was discovered, the oldest menorah ever found was on Rome’s Titus Arch of 82 CE.

Read the entire story here – http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.633141

Synagogue Where Jesus Preached Found at Capernaum in 1983

Rough black basalt residences of first-century A.D. Capernaum stand in stark contrast to the smooth white limestone of the fourth-century synagogue in the background. Under this synagogue, excavators have found another synagogue made of the same black basalt as the residences in the foreground. The lower synagogue was built on nearly the same plan as the upper limestone synagogue visible here. The walls of the lower synagogue were nearly four feet thick—much thicker than those of these residences—and the walls were made of worked stones, rather than the unworked stones builders used in the residences. The upper synagogue has three entrances on the south, Jerusalem-facing facade. Through these entrances can be seen three rows of columns forming aisles on either side of the prayer hall and the back wall.
The first-century Capernaum synagogue in which Jesus preached has probably been found. Because more than one synagogue may have existed in Capernaum at this time, we cannot be sure that this new find was Jesus’ synagogue. But this recently discovered first-century building is certainly a likely candidate.a
At the moment, the synagogue is not a very impressive-looking structure, but it is there nevertheless. And for millions of Christians, that is the important thing. For Jews, too, this find adds important new evidence of how their people worshipped 2,000 years ago. Only a handful of such synagogues are known.b

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