Did the Ancient Jews and Early Christians Worship Together?


CLIP: Excavations of an ancient synagogue found in  a city where Mary Magdalene is thought to have lived have thrown up clues about  how the Jewish and Christian religions developed. Jewish artefacts found at the site in Migdal  on the shore of the Sea of Galilee – previously known as Magdala – include a  table carved with a Menorah, yet the temple itself, as well as a coin,  discovered on the site dates back to the time of Jesus and the rise of  Christianity in the region. Archaeologists believe this combination  suggests Jews and Christians may have once used the holy site to worship  together, according to Israeli news site Haaretz, and it could lead to discoveries about how and when  Jesus and Magdalene met.

Excavations of an ancient synagogue found in the town of Migdal in Israel, pictured, have thrown up clues about how the Jewish and Christian religions developed.
Excavations of an ancient synagogue in the town of  Migdal in Israel, pictured, have thrown up clues about how the Jewish and  Christian religions developed. Jewish artefacts have been found at the site on  the shore of the Sea of Galilee – previously known as Magdala – yet the temple  itself dates back to the time of Jesus
The synagogue ruins, pictured, were first uncovered in 2009 and it is thought to date back around 2,000 years.
The synagogue ruins, pictured, were first uncovered in  2009 and they are thought to date back around 2,000 years. The mixture of Jewish  artefacts and a coin found from 29AD – a year before Jesus is said to have  arrived in the area – suggests Jews and Judeo-Christians may have once used the  holy site to worship together.

WHY IS MIGDAL  SIGNIFICANT?

 Migdal is the modern-day name for the village  of Magdala, situated on the northwestern  shore of the Sea of Galilee at the foot of Mount Arbel. Magdala is said to have been the hometown of  Mary Magdalene, one of  Jesus’ most loyal followers. She is referred to in the gospels as Mary,  and it is believed that her name was a variation of ‘Mary from Magdala’. Researchers are studying the site looking for  clues about how and when Magdalene first met and began following Jesus.

The synagogue was first uncovered in 2009  dating back to the 1st Century – around 2,000 years ago. It measures 11 x 11 metres, and the walls of  the room plus the six columns that supported the ceiling, which was probably  made of wooden beams and mortar, would have been covered with frescoes painted  in seven colours including dark red, yellow and blue panels in black and white  frames. The excavation revealed the synagogue was  renovated in around 40 of 50 C.E, before being abandoned shortly before 68  C.E. This year is significant because it was the  time of the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans. Archaeologists have also uncovered various  Jewish artefacts, which Haaretz describes as ‘firsts  in archaeological excavations, in Israel and even worldwide.’

However, a coin found on the site dated back  to 29 A.D – a year before Jesus is said to have arrived in the area and four  years before his crucifixion – making it potentially a location of interest for  Christianity as well. Migdal is the modern-day name for the village  of Magdala, situated on the northwestern  shore of the Sea of Galilee at the foot of Mount Arbel. Magdala is said to have  been the hometown of Mary Magdalene.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2432989/Clues-near-home-Mary-Magdalene-suggest-Jews-Christians-worshipped-TOGETHER.html#ixzz2g0a7bO2C

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