MAGDALA - The Hometown of Mary Magdalene

Time of the tour

  Wednesday January 20th @ 1 pm EST / 7 pm Europe 

About the tour

MAGDALA – The Hometown of Mary Magdalene –
The Crossroads of Jewish and Christian History

With Sharona Liman 

 

There is one freshwater lake in Israel. It is not large at all. In Hebrew it is named Lake Kinneret. Internationally it is known as The Sea of Galilee. How did this small lake turn to a sea? Why is it so famous and glorified? The answer goes back about 2000 years. Much of the ministry of Jesus occurred on the shores of the lake. The northern shores of the lake are also known as “The Evangelical Triangle”. This is a small geographic area containing the sites between the biblical cities of Capernaum, Korazin and Bethsaida. Other traditionally famous sites in this triangle are Tabha, Mt. of Beatitudes and Kursi. A relatively newly discovered site has recently joined this list –Magdala. On the western coastline of the Kinneret, between Tiberias and Ginossar, Magdala is becoming the site to visit, if you wish to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. During the mandatory archaeological, as workers began to dig, they discovered a First Century Synagogue. As archaeologists continued digging, they discovered an entire first century Jewish town lying just below the surface. The site has been identified with the ancient city of Migdal Nunia which means fish tower. Decades before its destruction Migdal = Magdala was the birthplace of Mary Magdalene, according to Christian sources. It is also most likely that Jesus taught in Magdala. We can imagine Him standing in the decorated synagogue, perhaps leaning on The Magdala Stone, and preaching to a crowd of devout Jews. The Magdala Stone – this is the topic of our online presentation During the lecture we shall “walk” through the archeological park that is today open to the public, “visit” the synagogue, circle around the Stone, and also take a brief peak at the Catholic Church Duc In Altum.

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