The recently discovered remains of a first-century rural synagogue in Israel confirm biblical accounts of the life of Jesus.
“This is the first discovery of a first-century synagogue in rural Galilee, confirming historical information from the New Testament, which claims that Jesus preached in synagogues in Galilean villages. »Said to Jns, the principal investigator at the Kinneret Institute, Motti Aviam.
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in the synagogues.
Lhe ruins of the synagogue, located at Tel Rechesh, near Mount Tabor, in the Nahal Tavor Nature Reserve, in the Lower Galilee, date back to the time of the Second Temple period, which ended in AD 79, during the capture of Jerusalem by the Romans. They confirm the presence of synagogues in the villages and not only in the cities, as indicated in the Gospel of Matthew.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz notes that while there have already been seven other synagogues from the Second Temple period unearthed, that of Tel Rechesh is the first to be found in a rural setting.
“Inscriptions and historical sources show that synagogues from this period were used for meetings, readings, and Torah studies, rather than for worship. They did not have a holy ark to keep the Torah scrolls. "
In an interview for Ynet, Aviam explained why this discovery is so important to Christians.
“The New Testament describes how Jesus preached in a synagogue in Capernaum and other synagogues in Galilee. "
The remains of this rural synagogue therefore attest to the text of Matthew's gospel (Mat. 9:35).
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing all sickness and infirmity.
source: Christian post
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