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Bibil Identifier bibil:227366
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Decorated Stone from the Synagogue at Migdal
Title (English, ) A Holistic Interpretation and a Glimpse into the Life of Galilean Jews at the Time of Jesus
Author Aviam, Mordechai
Journal Novum Testamentum. An International Quarterly for New Testament and Related Studies (Volume: 55, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 205–220 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In the center of the first century CE synagogue which was discovered at ancient Magdala (Migdal), a large decorated stone block was found. It is covered with decorative-symbolic elements on four sides and on the upper face as well, standing on four short legs. As the façade is carrying the Temple’s Menorah, this article will suggest that all other elements are not decorative but rather symbolic and symbolizing the Temple in Jerusalem. Another conclusion is that the block was used as a base for the Torah reading table in the synagogue. These symbols show that there was a very strong connection between Galileans and Jerusalem with the Temple in its center, and that there is an important reflection and relations between Jewish symbolism and Jewish heavenly mysticism as it appears in ancient Jewish sources, both Biblical and non-Biblical.
DOI 10.1163/15685365-12341433
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Synagogue
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Temple
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Menorah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Iconography
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