Second Temple-Era Synagogue Unearthed in Northern Israel

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The remains of an unusual structure that served as a synagogue during the Second Temple era have been unearthed at an archaeological excavation underway at Tel Rechesh in the heart of the Nahal Tavor Nature Reserve in the lower Galilee.

CHR Comment: According to the Gospels, one of the earliest witnesses to the existence and practices of synagogues, Jesus taught at synagogues like this one discovered in Galilee. The site gives testimony to the Gospel accounts and detailed information about the setting of Jesus’ ministry.

Source: Second Temple-era synagogue unearthed in northern Israel — JNS.org

Bible Scenes Uncovered in Ruins of Ancient Synagogue

On a hill above the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, archaeologists have discovered one amazing floor mosaic after another.

CHR Comment: These synagogue mosaics are described as “Roman Era,” which makes them contemporary with the rise of Christianity in the Near East. They illustrate the character of Judaism and worship at this time.

Source: Bible Scenes Uncovered in Ruins of Ancient Synagogue

El Ghriba Synagogue, Christians, and Muslims

Israel recommended avoiding all travel to Tunisia before the festival of Lag b’Omer.

CHR Comment: The article briefly mentions that Jews, Christians, and Muslims have lived alongside one another peacefully in this Tunisian city. Jews lived there c. 2,000 years. Christians would have arrived in the first or second century. The Muslim conquests passed through at the end of the seventh century. Since the creation of the modern state of Israel in 1948, the number of Jews living in Djerba has dwindled to c. 1,100.

Source: Pilgrims flock to one of the Arab world’s last Jewish communities