Discovery of Ancient Synagogue in Galilee Deemed ‘Very Important for Christians’

Synagogue-compressedJERUSALEM — An ancient synagogue recently discovered in Israel has been deemed an important find for Christians as it confirms text found in the New Testament.

The synagogue, uncovered in Tel Reches Peak near Mount Tabor in the Galilee, dates back to the second temple era. Researchers found a large room nine meters high by eight meters wide, which was lined with benches of limestone blocks. A foundational pillar was also discovered in the rubble.

“This is the first synagogue of its kind in the Galilee villages,” Dr. Motti Aviam, a researcher at the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology, told YNet News. “In Migdal, for example, there is a synagogue but that is a big city. Here we are talking about a magnificent agricultural area about four Dunam in size where buildings are decorated with frescoes and stucco articles.”

“Jewish families lived in the estate but due to the fact that the nearest synagogue was four kilometers away (a distance deemed too far from a community according to Jewish law) the owner of the estate built the synagogue for himself and for the dozens of workers in his employment,” he explained.

Avaim said that the synagogue appeared to be a simple structure, most likely used for reading the Torah and delivering sermons. He noted how the synagogue aligns with biblical text.

“The New Testament describes how Jesus delivered sermons in a synagogue in Capernaum and other synagogues in the Galilee,” Aviam outlined.

“During the same period, Jesus was still a Jew who observed Jewish rituals and requirements and like many rabbis, he delivered sermons in synagogues,” he said. “Christianity … placed an emphasis on His sermons at synagogues in the Galilee. This makes the place very important for Christians.”

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Simon Edwards from Zacharias Trust told Christian Today that the discovery is “fascinating news” in that it demonstrates “how research can reinforce the biblical narrative”.

“Archaeological finds, such as this latest discovery of remains of a first century synagogue in Galilee, point to the fact that not only is the Bible a good story, it’s also a true story,” he stated. “One good reason for trusting the Bible is that it passes every test that historians can throw at a historical document; and correspondence with the archaeological evidence is one of those tests.”

“If the Bible was simply a made-up story, then we would expect as we keep discovering more about the ancient world from archaeology, that eventually something is going to show the Bible to be wrong. But what we find is the exact opposite,” Edwards added.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Thank God! All the fields of knowledge and science including archaeology only confirm the absolute truthfulness of the Holy Bible, His word. God is good to mankind. Sinners only need to repent and trust in Jesus to get saved.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Amen, Sister Grace Kim Kwon!

      All truth is God’s Truth, and God will leave no sincere truth-seeker behind. But, they must remain open to Truth.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.” (Jude ch.1)

  • “During the same period, Jesus was still a Jew who observed Jewish rituals and requirements and like many rabbis, he delivered sermons in synagogues,” he said. That’s not completely true. The scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, complained that Jesus did not observe Jewish rituals and requirements: Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

    Neither was Jesus like many rabbis: Matthew says it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. John reports that the officers answered, Never man spake like this man.

    Saying that Jesus “was still a Jew” is like saying Jesus “was still the son of David”.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Jesus fulfilled God’s Covenant. Those who love Jesus of Nazareth love the Church and Israel, God’s chosen people. God’s Covenant is forever. (Romans)

    • Gena B

      Jesus was raised as a Jew and did follow laws and rituals yet as he came into his three years of ministry, he often did things differently to show the difference between man made laws and those of God. There are quite a few verses teaching what they should be doing according to law, Jesus certainly would not break laws he tells them to do. Matt. 23:23