Ein av dei store nyheitene i bibelsk arkeologi i fjor, var funnet av ein synagoge i Magdala ved Gennesaretsjøen. Nå blir det stilt spørsmål ved om det som er funne, verkeleg var ein synagoge. Bloggaren Tom Powers meiner det er gode grunnar for å stilla spørsmålsteikn ved synagogeteorien:
However, I must ask certain questions about the present find, especially in relation to the other synagogues long dated to the late 2nd Temple period in this country – and there are only a handful: Masada, Herodium, Gamla, Jericho, and perhaps one or two others. For one thing, what other synagogue from this period has a mosaic floor (of any kind or design)? What other synagogue lacks stepped benches around the periphery of the hall? And, indeed, what other synagogue has a decorative carved stone set into the middle of the floor? In short, almost everything about the Magdala structure seems to be an anomaly – if it is what the archaeologists claim.
As for the present find, from everything I’ve read it seems that the sole basis for the synagogue interpretation is the image of a menorah appearing on one face of the stone in the floor. This, to me, is rather slim evidence. (Les meir)
(via BiblePlaces Blog)