UNUSUAL SYNAGOGUE IN RURAL GAILEE OF THE 1ST CENTURY DATES BACK 2,000 YEARS -- COULD JESUS HAVE PREACHED HERE? --
Israeli archaeologists in northern Israel have uncovered the ruins of a rural synagogue that dates back some 2,000 years. The remains of the synagogue were found during an archaeological dig at Tel Rekhesh, near Mount Tabor in the lower Galilee, in what was an ancient Jewish village.
The find could lend weight to the New Testament narrative that Jesus visited villages in the area to preach.
Mordechai Aviam, an archaeologist at Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee who led the dig, estimated the synagogue was built between 20-40 AD and was used for a hundred years. No rural synagogues have been found from that time, he said.
“This is the first 1st century synagogue in rural Galilee of the first century,” he said.